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Russia bans all imports of poultry

Russia has banned all imports of poultry and poultry products in connection with violations of veterinary regulations, the Agriculture Ministry said.

The ministry said it had withdrawn all permission for imports this year as of 27th April, and that it would institute a simplified procedure for issuing such permission.

The Russian ministry cited instances of products offloaded without import permission, discrepancies between shipments and accompanying documents, the discovery of fake products, failure to observe regulations on storing raw meat of varying kinds in a single enterprise, and attempts to import shipments with counterfeited documents from the ministry's inspector's office.

It is unclear how long the ban will be in effect, but it can have a big impact on foreign poultry suppliers. Russia is the largest market for US poultry, and many other countries export poultry products to Russia.

Editor WorldPoultry

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