Some US Poultry Quota to Russia to Remain Unused

RUSSIA & US - Russia's quota for US poultry imports may not be exhausted this year.
calendar icon 3 December 2010
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Itar-Tass reports that Russian companies importing poultry meat from the US will be unable to take up this year's poultry import quota, the head of the Russian consumer rights watchdog Rospotrebnadzor, Gennady Onishchenko, has told a news conference.

He reiterated that in 2010, Russia's quota for the import of poultry from the US was 600,000 tonnes.

"Taking into account the fact that today is December 2, I do not think that they exhaust the quota," Mr Onishchenko said.

He explained the decline by Russia's ban on the import of chlorine-treated poultry meat as the US poultry meat undergoes such treatment, saying: "Beginning from 2010, no Russian poultry producer uses chlorine to disinfect poultry meat."

The Rospotrebnadzor chief stressed importance of protein for a human body, mainly that of white poultry meat and fish.

"Russia's annual fish consumption per capita totals 52 kilograms," he said.

He added that in many coastal countries, the fish consumption per capital reaches 120kg, reports Itar-Tass.

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