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Russia refuses Australian beef

27 Dec, 2013 10:15 AM
Most markets accept beef produced from animals treated with trenbolone, but the Russian Federation is an exception.
The issue should not be blown out of proportion, he added
Most markets accept beef produced from animals treated with trenbolone, but the Russian Federation is an exception.

RUSSIA has fired a warning shot across the bows of local meat exporters after detecting traces of growth hormone in Australian beef.

Russian authorities have advised the Department of Agriculture that residues of the hormonal growth promotant, trenbolone, were detected in several consignments of beef.

"The Department has reiterated Russia's requirements to meat exporters and moved quickly to strengthen its certification requirements in this regard," a spokesman said.

"The Department will only issue certification for beef exports to the Russian Federation where exporters have implemented arrangements to ensure cattle processed have not been treated with trenbolone."

"Australia recognises Russia's right to determine its import requirements and is committed to meeting these requirements.

Bans on growth hormones, especially the beta agonist class, have been a boon to Australian beef exporters in markets like Russia and China, which have locked out beef from the United States because of hormone use and past cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

Most markets accept beef produced from animals treated with trenbolone, but the Russian Federation is an exception.

Russia and other Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries imported about 30,000 tonnes of Australian beef in the 11 months to November.

Increasing affluence in the region, and the absence of the United States, is helping to push demand for Australian beef up the value chain, away from the commodity beef towards a higher percentage of steakhouse-style cuts.

"The Russians are saying that these are our requirements, this is what you need to focus on, and please focus on it immediately," said Australian Processor Council president David Larkin.

The issue should not be blown out of proportion, he added. "It's one of those sovereign trading things you go through occasionally."

Matthew Cawood

Matthew Cawood

is the national beef writer for Fairfax Agricultural Media
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28/12/2013 10:39:57 AM

The consumer these days is educated and informed on their food. Australia is in a superior position for export and the product should be kept clean and green. This means NO HORMONES and NO Beta Agonists, or any other drugs. Traceability is at the forefront with beef. Don't lose our export markets.
30/12/2013 8:01:03 AM

Australia needs to immediately ban ALL hormones used in meat production (including beef, pork, chicken and fish). Get hormone additives out of our food supply.
30/12/2013 4:04:20 PM

The NLIS system should enable easy identification of the producers who have falsified a stat dec with regard to the use of HGP. Then impose the heaviest fine and/or take away their lifetime traceability status. As usual, a handful of unscrupulous operators can end up destroying a market that the majority of producers work hard to maintain. I say blacklist the culprits to supply "Pet Food Only"
31/12/2013 6:59:29 AM

Hormone growth implants are detrimental to achieving Meat Standards Australia attainment and the sooner they are banned the better. They are merely promoted by chemical companies and anyone who cannot produce beef without them should get out of the industry.
John Newton
31/12/2013 9:53:06 AM

What a refreshing bunch of comments. Let's get the bovine somatotropine off the farm. Better for all of us – including the animals.
1/01/2014 11:21:00 PM

I am with Steve. Get the cowboys out of the market. We are supposed to have the means to do so with NLIS tags.
28/01/2014 7:10:53 AM

using any form of growth stimulant in animals bound for human consumption must be stopped now! It is unnecessary and springs from greed to gain a few more dollars per animal from the unsuspecting consumer


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