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Russia Bans Belarus Poultry Imports

by 5m Editor
23 October 2008, at 8:53a.m.

RUSSIAN FEDERATION - Russia has imposed a partial ban on poultry and milk imports from Belarus.

Russia's agricultural regulator has said that 20 Belarusian milk and poultry companies will be banned from exporting their products to Russia as of November 1 due to flaws in quality control, according to RIA Novosti.

"Rosselkhoznadzor adopted a decision to exclude 20 companies from the list of Belarusian firms with licenses to export dairy and meat products to Russia, starting November 1, 2008," the regulator said in a statement.

The decision was made following the failure of the Belarusian authorities to carry out audits of 35 firms, which were inspected by Rosselkhoznadzor in August and were allowed to export their produce to Russia only after guarantees by the Belarusian State Veterinary Service.

The Russian experts also discovered serious flaws in the Belarusian system of food quality control.

5m Editor