April 10, 2006


Russia to lift chicken ban on two Brazilian states



Russia will lift its ban on chicken exports from Mato Grosso do Sul and Parana states, Brazil's Agriculture Ministry said in a press statement Friday (Apr 7).


Russia banned beef, chicken and pork imports from nine of Brazil's main meat-exporting states because of foot-and-mouth disease in Mato Grosso do Sul and Parana.


Chickens are not susceptible to FMD, but Russia and Brazil have a separate animal health accord that requires Brazil to follow Russian national animal health standards.


No date has been given for the two states' return to the Russian chicken market.


Russian animal health official, Evgeny Nepoklonov, informed Brazil's Agriculture Defence department chief, Gabriel Alves Maciel, of the removal on Thursday.


According to the Agriculture Ministry's press statement, Russia agreed with the Brazilian position to exclude chicken from FMD meat bans in the future.


Mato Grosso do Sul exported 4,800 tonnes of fresh, frozen chicken meat to Russia in 2005, worth US$6.3 million. Parana is the country's top chicken exporter, shipping over 102,200 tonnes of chicken to Russia, worth US$184.8 million.


Brazil is the world's biggest chicken exporter by volume. Russia is Brazil's principal chicken market.


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