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Russia bans all imports of poultry

by 5m Editor
27 April 2006, at 12:00am

MOSCOW - Russia has banned all imports of poultry and poultry products in connection with violations of veterinary regulations, the Agriculture Ministry said Thursday. The ministry said it had withdrawn all permission for imports this year as of Thursday, and that it would institute a simplified procedure for issuing such permission. It 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&#39;s inspector&#39;s office. It was unclear how long the ban would be in effect, but it could have a big impact on foreign poultry suppliers. Russia is the largest market for U.S. poultry, and many other countries export poultry products to Russia. <i>Source: Canada.com</i>

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