August 20, 2015

 

More NZ dairy products to enter Russia

 

 

Russia is poised to accept more dairy imports from New Zealand as it loosens restrictions imposed in 2013.

 

New Zealand's agriculture ministry confirmed that Russia has removed a ban on some dairy products, which was imposed after New Zealand dairy exporter Fonterra mistakenly detected a botulism-causing toxin in one of its products in 2013.

 

"We can confirm that the temporary restrictions have been lifted on 29 New Zealand dairy plants for some products such as anhydrous milk fat and whey, and whey concentrates," New Zealand's Ministry of Primary Industries said in a statement.

 

"We're continuing to work with the Russian authorities to lift the temporary restrictions on the remaining products produced at those 29 plants."

 

The lifting of the ban comes after Russia in June extended its suspension on Western food imports by one year.

 

Russia continues to buy New Zealand butter, which was excluded from the ban. Russia had been one of the world's largest importers of butter before it imposed a ban on European dairy products last year.

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