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Russian vets checking US pigs

by 5m Editor
1 August 2007, at 10:39am

MOSCOW - Russia's food safety watchdog - the Russian Federal Agency for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Supervision - has started inspecting US pork producers that intend to export their produce to Russia.

Two teams of Rosselkhoznadzor specialists have begun audits at US pork slaughtering, processing and storage enterprises and in all about 30 such enterprises will be checked.

Russian inspectors will also completed checks on 29 poultry slaughtering and processing and 20 frozen poultry facilities.

Results will be analysed with the premise of re-opening export markets to Russia for US pork and poultry meat. Supplies of US pork to Russia were stopped becasue of reported cases of trichinellosis in some US pig populations.