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Russian meat-processors may raise prices

by 5m Editor
8 March 2007, at 10:10am

RUSSIA - Russian meat-processing companies might have to raise prices due to bans on import from U.S., France, Germany, Uruguay, and Brazil, says Good Taste Meatpacking Plant.

‘Russian meat-processing companies might have to raise prices due to bans on import from the U.S., France, Germany, Uruguay, and Brazil, since we’ll eventually switch to new suppliers. The only companies that will manage to deal with the constant supply shortages will be those seriously considering setting up their own meat source. Our plant, for example, started renovation of Laiskiy pig farm meant for 108,000 head of cattle as early as 2003,’ says Sergey Emelyanov, CEO Good Taste Meatpacking Plant.

Rosselkhoznadzor (the state agricultural watchdog) put temporary limits on meat export from a number of companies based in the U.S., France, Germany, Brazil, and Uruguay. Over 200 tons of poultry, beef, and pork imported from these countries have been examined this January, and the meat was found to be infected with salmonella. For the time being, the U.S. has been forbidden to import chicken legs, poultry, and minced chicken or turkey; France cannot sell turkey, Uruguay and Brazil can’t supply beef, Germany cannot supply chicken or pork. Rosselkhoznadzor said on a number of occasions that it was going to ban import of cattle produce from the EU beginning from April 1, 2007 unless each country produces veterinary certificates before March 31, 2007.Alongside with the certificates, the vets have to present monitoring plan for the harmful and illegal substances content in the meat and fodder in 2007 as well as last year’s account.

Source: Ural Business Consulting

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