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Denmark threatened by Russian foods boycott

by 5m Editor
24 November 2006, at 10:46am

DENMARK - Danish agriculture will be hurt by the Russian threat to introduce a total stop to the imports of foods and dairy products from EU. This drastic move is caused by Bulgaria’s and Romania’s entry to the EU.

The two Eastern European countries join the EU from New Year and this does not please the Russian authorities. They fear that animal diseases or foods involving a risk to health from the two new member countries shall spread through EU’s single market to Russia, the newspaper Jyllands-Posten wrote.

If Russia carries out the threats it will primarily hurt the Danish slaughter plants and thousands of Danish pig producers. Denmark is today EU’s largest exporter of pork to the Russian market, and the sales to the Russians have increased explosively.

19 per cent of all imported Russian pork in the first half-year 2006 originated from Danish pigs. Totally the pork exports to Russia for the first eight months of the year were worth DKK 1.4 billion.

Source: Borsen

5m Editor