Russia lifts British pig meat ban

by 5m Editor
24 December 2002, at 12:00am

UK - British pigmeat can once again be exported to Russia after the authorities lifted a ban.

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This is the second piece of good news for the livestock industry this week coming hard on the heels of an announcement by the USA that trade in meat and genetics from the UK can resume.

The ban was imposed in February 2001 following the outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease.

British Pig Executive Chairman Stewart Houston said: “This is very good news for the industry. “The Russian market is seen as an extremely important one and BPEX has been working hard to re-establish trade.

“It is another important piece in the jigsaw to rebuild export markets for British pig meat. Our next target is Japan and this is where we will be focusing our efforts.“

Henry Lewis, of the Meat and Livestock Commission export department said:

“We have been working very hard in conjunction with Defra to get exports to Russia restarted. All that hard work is now paying off.“

Source: Meat and Livestock Commission - 24th December 2002

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