US Urges China To Lift Pork And Poultry Ban

US - The US has asked China to lift the ban it imposed last week on imports from seven pork and poultry processing plants.
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The import bans are the latest action in the escalating trade tension between the US and China.

In a letter sent to the Chinese authorities, the US Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has requested test results and any scientific information available that justify the restrictions, according to The Financial Times.

The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine says that salmonella was found in frozen chicken meat from Tyson Foods, while growth enhancer and anti-parasite drug residues were found in frozen chicken feet shipped by Sanderson Farms.

Included in the import ban imposed by China are frozen pork ribs from Cargill Meat Solutions, salted pig innards from Triumph Foods, frozen chicken feet from Intervision Foods and frozen pig ears from Van Luin Foods USA.

All of the plants in question meet US Department of Agriculture (USDA) hygiene regulations, although there are differences between US and Chinese safety standards.

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