Russia to suspend some animal imports from Brazil

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Russia will temporarily ban from mid-June animal imports from three states in Brazil, the country's agricultural inspection agency said on Thursday, citing safety concerns.

"Rosselkhoznadzor has decided to introduce from June 15 temporary limits to supplies to the Russian market of animal farm produce from all the enterprises located in the states of Mato Grosso, Parana and Rio Grande do Sul," the agency said in a statement.

The agricultural inspection agency said the measure came in response to Brazil's lax enforcement of Russian sanitary requirements which it said it had exposed during an April inspection of 29 Brasilian enterprises.

All the inspected enterprises have been found to be in violation of Russian sanitary standards and most of them are located in the states of Mato Grosso, Rarana and Rio Grande do Sul, the statement said without providing further details.

Russia, the primary destination for Brazilian beef, has repeatedly suspended beef imports from Brazil in the past.

Earlier in the day Moscow infuriated the European Union by banning fresh vegetables from its 27 member states and faulting its health safety system for the death of 17 people from a lethal bacterial strain.

© 2011 AFP

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