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Polish sausage makes Russian comeback

by 5m Editor
26 October 2007, at 9:51am

RUSSIA - A ban on imports of Polish meat into Russia could be lifted after Moscow indicated it is prepared to send inspectors back to Polish production facilities.

The embargo was introduced 17 months ago after Moscow accused Warsaw of failing to maintain health standards and or to curb smuggling.

As the political tone in Warsaw changes, Russia has indicated it wants to re-inspect facilities along with EU experts.

From farms, large and small, to abattoirs and supermarkets, farmers say that if their meat is good enough for Poland, it is good enough for Russia too.

In the wake of the ban, small producers are noticing a change.

"There is nothing, nowhere to sell. Prices are low, no one to sell to, just a few private buyers. Usually our meat is very good. I can’t tell you what is going on. It is our governments," said farmer Andrey Marczak.

Over a quarter of Poland's population is employed in agriculture with over half a million pig farmers alone. Since the ban, Poland's economy is estimated to be losing a million euros a day. But those at the top of the industry say international standards are being met.

Source: RussiaToday

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