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Belarus Lifts Ban on German Pork, Poultry Imports

by 5m Editor
22 March 2011, at 8:53a.m.

BELARUS - Belarus has lifted the ban from the import pork, poultry and ready meat products containing pork from Germany it had imposed in early January.

The decision was taken by the chief veterinary office of the Belarusian Ministry of Agriculture and Food, reports Itar-Tass.

The import of pork, poultry and ready meat products containing pork, produced in Germany, is permitted, “provided each batch is supplied with a protocol of laboratory tests for dioxins, carried out at one of the accredited laboratories of the European Union," says the Ministry of Agriculture of Belarus.

However, the ministry added, there remain in place the temporary restrictions on the imports to Belarus from Germany of live animals for fattening and slaughter, as well as animal feed and feed additives with the exception of those of chemical and microbiological synthesis.

Belarus imposed the ban on the importation of feed and meat from Germany in connection with the "dioxin scandal" that broke out in Germany, where animal feed with high contents of the substance were found, particularly, in Lower Saxony, Thuringia, North Rhine-Westphalia and some other regions country.