Russia to Ban Chlorine-Treated Poultry Meat

RUSSIA - A senior official has announced that the country will ban the import of poultry meat treated with chlorine from 1 January 2010. Chlorine as a carcass rinse is widely used as pathogen reduction treatment in the US and other countries.
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Russia will ban imports of chlorine-treated poultry starting January 2010, chief sanitary doctor, Gennady Onishchenko, was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency today, 30 December.

According to Straits Times of Malaysia, Dr Onishchenko said: "We have finally confirmed the norm according to which imports of chlorine-treated poultry will not be allowed into our country starting 1 January 2010."

The new norm 'would not involve any poultry produced in the EU,' which had banned chlorine-treated poultry, he added.

Previously, Russian officials have said that several major US producers have agreed to conform to the new standard, reports Straits Times.

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