Russia Hits U.S. Pork With Ban

RUSSIA - The government banned some pork products from Premium Standard Farms for violating health standards, carrying out a threat the country had made to the United States for blocking its membership in the World Trade Organization.
calendar icon 25 September 2006
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Pork processed at Premium Standard's Milan, Missouri, facility was banned for violating "veterinary-sanitary standards,'' the Agriculture Ministry said on its web site Friday, without elaborating. The ban took effect on Thursday.

The government last month threatened to tighten import barriers on U.S. meat unless it won U.S. approval to join the global trade group by October. Russia has been trying to join the WTO for more than a decade and has reached the required bilateral agreements with all 149 members except the U.S., which is seeking more concessions on agriculture.

Source: The Moscow Times
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