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Russia Bans Brazilian Meat from Three States

by 5m Editor
3 June 2011, at 10:33am

RUSSIA - The Russian veterinary and food safety body, Rosselkhoznador is to impose temporary import bans on meat from Brazilian processing plants from three states.

The bans will come into force on 15 June on processors in the states of Mato Grosso, Parana and Rio Grande do Sul.

The ban is believed to include plants belonging to Brazil's major meat processors, JBS, Marfrig and Brasil Foods.

Rosselkhoznador said that inspections of 29 Brazilian plants carried out by the Rosselkhoznadzor specialists in April 2011 demonstrated that control provided by the Veterinary Services of Brazil over compliance with the Customs Union and the Russian Federation veterinary and sanitary norms and requirements was significantly relaxed.

The food safety authority said that the inspection demonstrated that none of the inspected plants complied with the norms and requirements.

"Since veterinary services of these States provide insufficient control, there is a possibility to export dangerous (from the veterinary and sanitary point of view) products to the Russian Federation," Rosselkhoznador said.