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Russia-US poultry talks continue

Talks this week between Russia and the US aimed at ending a dispute that has shut US chicken out of its top export market were constructive, and technical discussions will continue in coming weeks, the US Agriculture Department said.

Reuters reports that it was the second round of meetings on the issue in Moscow for top US agriculture and trade officials with Gennady Onishchenko, the head of Russia's consumer protection watchdog.

Russia suspended US poultry imports on 19 January because it says of a chlorine wash routinely used in US processing plants violates its food safety standards.

The ban has roiled exports from major producers like Tyson Foods and Sanderson Farms.

In a separate trade spat, Russia agreed to reopen its market to pork from most US plants after Washington agreed to Moscow's food safety demands.

Source: Reuters

Natalie Berkhout

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