Russia lifts ban on pork imports from U.S.

MOSCOW - Russia has lifted a ban on pork imports from the United States and cattle from some parts of the Czech Republic, the Russian veterinary service said Thursday.
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Russia's agricultural regulator said the ban it imposed on pork imports from the United States over veterinary concerns has been lifted as of February 1.

"Supplies will be allowed from all slaughterhouses, meat-processing companies and cold storages included on the November 29, 2005 lists of enterprises authorized to export this class of product into Russia," the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Oversight (Rosselkhoznadzor) said in a news release.

Six new companies were added to the list of pork exporters.

The watchdog also lifted a ban on poultry deliveries from a U.S. company, but warned that the supplier, suspected of inadequate salmonella control in the past, would remain under the close scrutiny of Russian inspectors.

Source: RIA Novosti

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