November 29, 2013

Russia did not impose blanket ban on Thai poultry


Thailand has denied a foreign media report that Russia has imposed a complete ban on Thai poultry imports due to excessive cadmium usage.


Trisadee Chaosuancharoen, Director-General of Thailand's Department of Livestock Development said that no such ban has been imposed. He added that Thai poultry products have never been found to contain excessive cadmium as stated in the report.

The Rosselkhoznadzor, Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, clarified that it did not impose any massive restrictions on poultry product export from Thailand.

Last year, temporary restriction was imposed only to one Thai poultry meat producing establishment Golden Line Business Co. Ltd due to listeria detection and still in force in the present time.


Rosselkhoznadzor also clarified that high content of cadmium was actually detected this year, but not in poultry meat but in dry fish products produced by Chonburi LC Company Limited establishment in respect of which temporary restrictions were introduced.

Kukrit Arepagorn, Manager of the Broiler Processing Exporters Association also said that Russia is not a big market. "We exported around 8,000 tonnes to Russia last year and the amount dropped to only 900 tonnes this year due to strong price competition."

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