International markets around the world continue to provide a valuable outlet for U.S. pork and pork products. For this reason, the federal government, along with the U.S. Meat Export Federation, National Pork Producers Council, the American Pork Export Trading Company and others, work to ensure export customers get a continuous supply of high-quality, safe pork.

Recently, a new pork trade certificate with Russia has been negotiated. This certificate sets guidelines for U.S. packers that are exporting pork to Russia. The Russian Product Verification Program is a program to verify compliance with the Russian tetracycline standard.

The purpose of the PVP program is to provide specific product requirements for marketing U.S. pork and pork products to the Russian Federation under the USDA Export Verification Program. One of the product requirements is a 14-day withdrawal period for all soluble and feed-grade tetracycline products to satisfy Russia's tetracycline minimum residue level of MRL.

Packers may require some type of verification from producers to show that this newly specified withdrawal period is being met.

Source: National Pork Board