December 30, 2008


Russia to delay enforcing new standard for poultry imports


Russia had postponed for a year implementing a new standard that could reduce its poultry imports sharply in 2009.


The standard that will establish the level of chlorine content in solutions used to wash poultry meat had been postponed to January 1, 2010, according to Russian consumer rights watchdog Rospotrebnadzor.


Earlier this month, Russia's animal and plant health agency Rosselkhoznadzor said it would not issue import permits for US poultry meat for 2009 until it received a list of companies that do not use excessive chlorine in meat processing.


It was unknown when Rospotrebnadzor could restart the issuing of import permits.


Before the financial crisis, Russia is a large buyer of US chickens, importing 613,000 tonnes from January to August, up 12 percent on-year, according to the US National Chicken Council.


Russia is investing heavily on its domestic livestock industry, and has reduced a 2009 tariff quota for poultry imports by 24 percent to 952,000 tonnes.

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