Russia bans Moldovan meat imports

RUSSIA - Russia has banned imports of Moldovan meat amid suspicions that it is selling on sub-standard products from third countries, sparking a row between national authorities, reports Angela Drujinina.

The ban, which came into force on Monday 18 April, covers beef, pork, mutton and poultry as well all Moldovan products derived from meat. It will last indefinitely.

Serghey Dantvert, head of RosSelkhozNadzor, the Russian Federal Veterinary and Phyto-Sanitary Monitoring Service, said Moldovan manufacturers often tried to export more meat than they produced.

He said this had made Russian authorities suspicious that Moldova was re-exporting meat from third countries and this meant there could be no quality assurance on meat from Moldova until the situation became clearer.

Russian authorities will now investigate whether meat imported to Moldova is being re-packaged and sold on as a local brand, a practice that could increase a producer’s income by 10 to 20 per cent compared to selling bona fide domestic products, according to specialists.

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