Russia suspects chlorine use in Brazilian poultry

11-10-2013 | | |
Chlorine use suspected in Brazilian poultry production
Chlorine use suspected in Brazilian poultry production

Russia’s Federal Veterinary and Phyto-Sanitary Oversight Service may ban imports of poultry meat from Brazil if inspectors find that Brazilian producers use chlorine solutions to process carcasses, the head of the watchdog, Sergei Dankvert has said.

“We want to warn our Brazilian colleagues: if the use of chlorine in the processing of poultry meat is confirmed, we will be forced to shut down its shipment to Russia,” Dankvert said, recalling that the use of chlorine solutions in poultry production is completely banned in Russia.

The use of chlorine has been revealed during meat inspections. “We are deeply concerned by the surprise of Brazilian specialists who claimed they thought that this measure applies only to suppliers from the United States,” Dankvert said. It emerges that Brazil’s veterinary service provided guarantees of safety, but did not check for the use of chlorine.

Dankvert confirmed that inspections of Brazilian poultry suppliers are scheduled to start on October 20, and if time allows Russian inspectors will also inspect pork and beef suppliers.

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Vladislav Vorotnikov Eastern European correspondent