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Russia suspends import of Brazilian hog meat

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

BRAZIL - Russia has suspended the import of hog meat from Santa Catarina state (Brazil) alleging the occurrence of Aujeszky virus on the Brazilian herd.

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The decision affects the largest exporting state of the country, responsible for 70% of the shippings.

From the 480,000 m tons of hog meat exported by Brazil this year, 70% came from Santa Catarina state.

The largest agribusiness companies - Sadia, Aurora, Perdigao, Seara - are sited in the state. The companies estimate a monthly loss of US$25mil-US$30mil with the action.

The Santa Catarina state hog breeders association say that only 1% of the state hog have the virus.

Source: Gazeta Mercantil/SABI via COMTEX - 17th December 2002
Copyright 9 2002, SABI, all rights reserved.

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