US media: Why Chinese consumers don’t want to eat American pork

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Even if the tariff is lowered, it is not enough for the Chinese to buy American pork. The root cause is ractopamine (a type of lean meat).
Bloomberg reported on July 3rd that the original question: China banned US pork, not to mention political African piglets have pushed China’s pork wholesale price up by 1/4, nearly 1/5 pigs were killed. In this case, why not import American pork?
The National Association of Pork Producers said that if China cancels import tariffs, replacing American slaughtered pigs with American pigs will be “the biggest sales opportunity in our industry history.” Import tariffs are currently as high as 62% due to trade wars. At the moment, European pig farmers, who are less politically affected, are winning the battle to make up for the Chinese pork shortage. American pig farmers can only look at it with envy.
But it is not just protectionism that prevents the US-China pork trade. Those who want China to buy American agricultural products should consider the fact that even if the tariff is lowered, it is not enough for the Chinese to buy American pork. The root cause is ractopamine (a type of lean meat). This kind of feed additive can make pigs grow lean in the weeks before the slaughter. It is used in 60% to 80% of the breeding pigs in the United States, but it is banned by China, Russia and the EU because it is not conducive to human health. This has caused trouble for American pig farmers long before the trade war. The US share of China’s pork imports fell from nearly 50% in 2011 to less than 13% in 2016.
In the field of agricultural products, health and hygiene are often used as excuses for protectionism, but China’s restrictions on American pork are really a cause. In recent years, China has had several food safety scandals. In 2011, the Chinese government began to crack down on the illegal use of lean meat, and nearly a thousand people were arrested.
Last month China decided to ban Canadian pork imports because ractopamine was detected in the Chinese pig tongue. The Canadian government’s serious treatment of this matter shows that Beijing’s restrictions are truly based on national health considerations, not protectionism. China is certainly not the only country that has done so. Russia has banned Brazilian meat for ractopamine; with increasing dependence on imported pork, Vietnam has tightened its regulations.
The problem with American farmers pursuing Chinese buyers is that the benefits of giving up lean meat do not seem to be higher than the price. Growth-promoting additives are critical to the US pork trade. If American farmers want to get a piece of Chinese pork market, it is best to ensure that there is no lean meat in their supply chain instead of waiting for tariff cuts. (author David Ficklin, translated by Joe Heng)

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