Russia partially lifts trade ban on Spanish pork

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Russia has partially lifted its restrictions on imports of pork from swine flu-hit Spain.

MADRID – Russia has partially lifted its restrictions on imports of pork from Spain imposed because of the spread of the A(H1N1) flu virus, Spain's environment and rural affairs minister said Thursday.

"We have managed to unblock the ban relating to provinces where there has been no case of the A flu," Elena Espinosa told reporters.

They would now work with Moscow to further loosen the restrictions, she added.

Spain exports about three percent of its total output of pork products to Russia, according to industry figures.

The World Health Organisation and three other major organisations have denounced boycotts of pork over fears the meat could be a means of spreading the A(H1N1) virus, saying there was no evidence it was a source of infection.

AFP / Expatica

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