China Bans Exports Of Ractopamine Hydrochloride

CHINA - China has banned the exporting of ractopamine and ractopamine hydrochloride products in a step that will help eliminate the production and use of ”black and grey market” versions of ractopamine for food animals in China and other parts of the world.
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Elanco, the global manufacturer and marketer of Optaflexx (ractopamine hydrochloride) for cattle, have welcomed this move.

Dennis Erpelding, Elanco’s director of corporate affairs for China and International Trade, stated, “Only Elanco’s branded Optaflexx product has gone through the stringent human safety assessment procedures by the United States and 25 other regulatory authorities around the world and been determined as safe for use in food animals. Further, only Elanco’s branded product has been assessed through the global Codex standards establishment body.

"Elanco’s branded ractopamine hydrochloride product, Optaflexx, is not approved, available or sold within China, and thus any such product used within China is different from Elanco’s. We are pleased to support the China government in their efforts to ensure the safe use of well-tested, well-regulated products and eliminate those ‘grey and black market’ products that potentially pose a food safety risk to consumers. The production of a safe, abundant and sustainable food supply is a shared interest of the China government and Elanco," said Mr Erpelding.

Mr Erpelding noted, "We are in regular contact with Chinese officials to discuss how our safe, branded products can help overcome the daunting challenge of providing sufficient safe food through a secure supply chain for China's rapidly-growing population.”

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