China blocks US meat exports from west coast facility

Jun 17, 2024

Trace additive halts shipments through key port


China has halted meat exports from a cold storage facility near the Port of Oakland, California. The move comes after Chinese customs officials detected ractopamine, a feed additive banned in China and over 150 other countries, in US beef shipments.

The ban, which took effect on May 27th, applies to Cool Port Oakland, a crucial West Coast hub for transferring meat from rail to cargo ships headed for Asia. This disruption impacts meat exporters throughout the United States, including those located as far away as the Midwest.

"China's suspension of this facility has caused disruption for beef, pork, and poultry exports," said Joe Schuele of the U.S. Meat Export Federation. Exporters are now forced to rely on alternative facilities within the Bay Area to handle their shipments.

The incident highlights the complexity of international food trade and the importance of adhering to strict regulations. The presence of a banned additive, even in trace amounts, can lead to significant disruptions for both exporters and importers.

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