Pork more expensive, as imports from Brazil banned

by 5m Editor
5 October 2004, at 12:00am

RUSSIA - Russian veterinarians didn't lift the prohibition of meat imports from Brazil. The cause is the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the Brazilian state of Amazonia.

The negotiations of the Brazilian Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Lineu Costa Lima, with the main Russian State Veterinary Inspector, Evgeny Nepoklonov, didn't produce any results.

This decision left the Russian meat-processing factories in distress, as Brazil is one of the biggest sources of pork imports, so they consequently expect an increase in prices for this kind of meat.

According to the forecasts of the Meat Union of Russia, pork can increase in price by 5% in just one month. Last year Brazil sold 313000 tons of pork to Russia, which accounts for more than 60% of Brazilian exports to the country, 211000 tons of poultry (18-19% of exports) and 89000 tons of beef.

This year Brazil planned to export about 190000 tons of pork, 160000 tons of poultry meat and 90000 tons of beef to Russia.

Source: A&G News via COMTEX - 4th October 2004

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