Shuanghui’s US acquisition highlights pork war

A food additive that has been the source of scandals in China is widely used by US pork producers such as Smithfield.

Shuanghui’s US acquisition highlights pork war

Shuanghui International’s $7.1 billion deal to buy Smithfield Foods in the US has been widely billed as a response to China’s repeated food scares, but American companies actually have to follow higher standards to be able to export pork to the mainland.

The bone of contention is a controversial food additive called ractopamine. It is used to make pigs grow faster, leaner and cheaper, but the effect on humans is not well understood and is...

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