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Russian ban on Polish pork may be lifted

by 5m Editor
30 October 2007, at 10:51am

RUSSIA - The 17th month-long embargo by Moscow on Polish meat imports may be lifted in the near future. Russia is sending inspectors in the company of EU experts to Polish meat production facilities.

The ban was originally enforced as Moscow felt health standards were not being maintained and the Polish government had failed to deal with smuggling.

Around 25 per cent of Poles work in agriculture with half a million pig farmers alone. As a result of the ban, Poland lost 6 per cent of its export market, but did succeed in sourcing new markets, but Russia still remains a vital trading partner.

The meat industry maintains that international standards are being met. According to Witold Choinski of the Association of Polish Meat Importers and Exporters, Poland’s meat sector has invested €2b in modernising the industry during the preparations for EU accession.

Source: Pigprogress

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