China, the world's largest pork consumer, will soon resume imports from 14 U.S. pork plants and warehouses, after halting some shipments last year over the use of a feed additive, the U.S. Department ...

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China, the world's largest pork consumer, will soon resume imports from 14 U.S. pork plants and warehouses, after halting some shipments last year over the use of a feed additive, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday.

The USDA did not provide a date on which China will resume the imports.

China's decision will "mean a significant boost in sales for American pork producers," the USDA said. The agency touted "China's recognition of strong regulatory controls and the high quality of U.S. pork."

The six U.S. processing plants and eight cold storage facilities affected by China's decision participate in U.S. programs under which they do not use the feed additive ractopamine, which promotes lean muscle growth in hogs, according to the USDA.

China prohibits imports of pork produced from hogs that were fed ractopamine, and last year barred shipments from several U.S facilities to enforce the ban.

U.S. pork exports to China last year were valued at more than $474 million, according to the USDA. Read More at www.reuters.com

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Gary Smith

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