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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 10 Dec 2012 19:17 GMT
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CHICAGO, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Russia is one of the 10 biggest buyers of U.S. meat, accounting for ${esc.dollar}500 million a year in trade that has been endangered this month after Moscow has asked that the beef and pork be tested for traces of the feed additive ractopamine that is banned in some countries. Russia imported 6.6 percent of all U.S. beef and veal exports in the year through September, while buying 5.3 percent of all U.S. pork exports and 8.5 percent of all U.S. broiler chicken shipments, according to data compiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service. Full data can be found here: U.S. meat exports for Jan-Sept in 1,000 pounds: Beef and veal Pork exports Broiler exports exports Mexico 282,392 851,368 901,642 Canada 321,552 427,063 281,728 Japan 356,556 1,040,350 (*) South Korea 226,970 287,949 108,379 Vietnam 102,100 (*) 85,824 China (Mainland) 508,857 143,916 Hong Kong 136,834 108,872 187,932 Russia 121,705 213,681 456,187 Other countries 285,938 558,903 3,228,840 TOTAL 1,834,046 3,997,045 5,394,448 Source: ERS calculations using data from U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. * Vietnam data on pork exports not immediately available. (Reporting By Jonathan Leff; Editing by Bob Burgdorfer)

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