Russian Ministry of Agriculture requests prompt info about salmonella eggs
Rosselkhoznadzor (Russian Ministry of Agriculture sub agency) expressed concerns about the detection of salmonellosis agent in a large consignment of chicken eggs that was offered for sale in the USA.
Rosselkhoznadzor has requested the American Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)
to provide prompt information as to indicate the plants where contaminated products were produced and the reason for the contamination of products with bacteria of the genus Salmonella.
It also wants information about the measures taken by the authorities of the USA aimed at prevention of further spread of the infection.
In a news report the Chief Sanitary Inspector of Russia, Gennady Onishchenko, stated: "In light of reports in the US media of an outbreak of salmonella caused by contaminated eggs, we are assessing the situation to find out if there is a need to toughen [regulations on] poultry imports from the United States.
A ban on poultry imports from the US has recently been lifted from 72 US companies, but a remaining 15 companies that do not meet the country's safety requirements are still under the ban restriction.
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