U.S. presses Russia to 'immediately' lift meat trade ban

WASHINGTON, Feb 11 (Reuters) - The United States on Monday urged Russia to immediately lift a ban on imports on U.S. meat products because of the feed additive ractopamine and to honor the commitments it made last year when it joined the World Trade Organization.

"The United States is very disappointed that Russia has taken action to suspend all imports of U.S. meat, which is produced to the highest safety standards in the world," U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a joint statement. (Reporting By Doug Palmer; Editing by Sandra Maler)