News update:Mar 9, 2016

Kazakhstan bans Ukrainian poultry imports

The Kazakhstan Agriculture Ministry has temporary banned the import of poultry and poultry products from Ukraine, an official report of the Ministry says.

According to the Kazakh Minister of Agriculture, Gulmira Isayev, during recent inspections the country’s laboratories found violations of safety and quality standards in imported poultry products. The report also said that with special tools Ukraine and Russian poultry producers are creating unfair competition.

"Unfair competition lays in the fact that Ukrainian and Russian producers are creating dumping prices for poultry by injecting it with water," stated Isayev. According to her, as a result of dumping, the sales of Kazakh-produced poultry fell by an average of 30% during the recent months.

The report also stated that coliform bacteria level exceeding the maximum allowable level had been detected in a number of samples of poultry.

One of the companies named in the Kazakh report is one of the largest poultry producers in Russia, Prioskolie. The Russian veterinary watchdog, Rosselkhoznadzor, however, has not received any official documents on the supposed poultry violations from the veterinary department of Kazakhstan.

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