January 31, 2013


Russia to begin poultry meat exports to EU



According to the Russian Agriculture Minister, Nikolai Fyodorov, Russia may begin supplying poultry meat to the European Union within the next few months.


A European Commission regulation passed in December last year officially allowed Russia to export poultry meat and poultry meat products to EU countries. Working together with the Russian agriculture watchdog, Rosselkhoznadzor, the EC report evaluated quality and production safety control in Russian poultry farms and companies that plan to export within the EU.


"The results of the check show that Russian veterinary authorities can ensure that the guarantees they provide in relation to EU regulations on exports to its territory of poultry meat and poultry products are implemented," a Rosselkhoznador spokesperson said.


According to the Russian Union of Poultry Producers (Rosptitsesoyuz), the success of the industry was largely achieved "through investment, which allowed us to construct, reconstruct and modernise 125 poultry facilities and improve quality and productivity of livestock."


Figures recently released by Rosptitsesoyuz show that Russian exports should reach 50,000 tonnes in 2012, an increase of 12.5% from the 40,000 achieved in 2011. This number could grow to 250,000 tonnes by 2020. Additionally, Rosptitsesoyuz reported that Russia may also export over 75 million eggs in 2013.

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