Officials Seize Consignment of US Poultry Meat

RUSSIA - Officials have seized almost 25 tonnes of frozen US poultry meat over a labelling discrepancy.
calendar icon 8 December 2010
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The Far Eastern department of the country's agriculture watchdog has seized almost 25 metric tons of US poultry meat due to concerns over its quality, the department's deputy chief said today, reports RIA Novosti.

Vitaly Salenko said: "A container with 24.8 tons of frozen poultry arrived to Vladivostok from the United States during the inspection. Rosselkhoznadzor specialists discovered that the name of the producing company on the labels did not match the name on accompanying documentation.

"The whole batch was seized and will be returned to the exporting country."

On 1 January this year, Russia introduced new sanitary standards, banning the treatment of meat with chlorine of a higher concentration than in drinking water.

A difficult negotiating process began between Russia and the United States, which previously accounted for over 80 per cent of all poultry imports to Russia, reports RIA Novosti. The talks resulted in Russia granting permission for 78 US enterprises to supply poultry to Russia.

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