Russian Meat Ban Costly for U.S.
U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul says Russia's ban on U.S. pork and beef products due to fears about ractopamine - which was imposed in February - has cost the U.S. 5 to 6-billion dollars since that time. McFaul says he will personally continue to work with Russia to get Moscow to remove this ban on U.S. meat imports. Close to two-dozen countries have approved ractopamine as safe to use - but several other countries - including the European Union, China and Taiwan - have joined Russia on banning the use of ractopamine.
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