Russia temporarily bans German meat imports

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Russia has temporarily banned German poultry and pork imports following a dioxin poisoning scare, a top veterinary official said Tuesday.

"According to our calculations we could lift (the ban) after February 10th - 15th," for poultry and by the end of March for pork, said Russia's deputy chief of veterinary services Nikolai Vlassov, in remarks cited by Ria Novosti.

The poisoning scandal began earlier this month with reports that a firm in northern Germany may have supplied fatty acids only meant for industrial use 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.

On Monday, European Union health commissioner John Dalli warned that new bloc-wide measures were needed to prevent a repeat of the scare.

© 2011 AFP

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