Two Logansport facilities get banned in China

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi as they pose for photos before their meeting at the 47th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Nicolas Asfouri)
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi as they pose for photos before their meeting at the 47th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Nicolas Asfouri)

LOGANSPORT, Ind. (WLFI) — Two Logansport pork suppliers are included in the six major U.S. producers that have been banned from exporting to China.

China announced export suspensions for six major U.S. pork plants and six cold storage facilities. Here locally, exports are suspended for Tyson Fresh Meats and Hanson Cold Storage Company. Both companies are located in Logansport, Indiana.

According to Hoosier Ag Today, the suspension is due the alleged use of the muscle-gain drug ractopamine and based on the country’s ractopamine-free requirements. A notice this week from China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine to the U.S. Embassy’s Office of Agricultural Affairs in Beijing indicated that those banned is due to findings of ractopamine.

Besides the two companies in Logansport, the other banned pork plants and cold storage facilities are: Quality Pork Processors in Austin, Minnesota; Triumph Foods in St. Joseph, Missouri; Tyson Fresh Meats in Perry and Storm Lake, Iowa; Hormel Foods Corporation in Fremont, Nebraska; Cloverleaf Cold Storage in Fairmont, Minnesota; Frozen Assets Cold Storage in Chicago, Illinois; Nor-Am Cold Storage in St. Joseph, Missouri; Millard Refrigerated Services in Edwardsville, Kansas; and Americold Logistics LLC in Freemont, Nebraska.

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