Russia resumes German meat imports

28th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

Russia decided Friday to resume German poultry and pork imports that were temporarily banned following a dioxin poisoning scare in Germany, the country's veterinary services said.

The Rosselkhoznador agency said the move followed negotiations with the German authorities.

The agency's deputy chief Nikolai Vlassov had said earlier this week that the ban might not be lifted until mid-February for poultry and the end of March for pork.

Germany's dioxin poisoning scandal began earlier this month with reports that a north German firm may have supplied fatty acids only meant for industrial uses to makers of animal feed late last year. The feed was then widely distributed.

Moscow announced in early January it had reinforced checks on meat coming from Germany and other European countries.

© 2011 AFP

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