Russia aims to cut poultry imports by 17 percent
The Russian Agriculture Ministry has suggested cutting
all imports of poultry by 17 percent in 2009, whilst calling on US producers to
alter their production technology at poultry plants.
"We suggest reducing import quotas on poultry meat next year by 200,000
tons," Minister Alexei Gordeyev was quoted as saying by Russian news service RIA
Novosti. Reduce build-up
announced that Russia planned to cut imports of pork and poultry in an effort to
reduce a build-up that was "no longer in Russia's interests."
majority of Russia's poultry imports come directly from the United States. The
US provided 870,000 metric tons of poultry meat to Russia in 2008, supplying
most of the country's 1.2 million metric ton quota.
announcement follows Russia's decision last week to ban poultry imports from 19
US producers. Production technology
sanitary doctor said that US poultry manufacturers should change their
production technology if they want to export to Russia. "We have banned poultry
produced using the outdated technology of disinfection with chlorine," said
"Such technology is used only at the oldest
factories in Russia, while Americans use it at advanced farms."Click here to
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