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Russia ready to lift US turkey ban

By Vladislav Vorotnikov , 28-Feb-2013

Russian veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor is considering lifting its ban on US turkey meat imports, officials have confirmed.

Head of Rosselkhoznadzor Sergei Dankvert said the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) had made an application to lift the ban, but stated that any changes to import restrictions would be dependent on receipt of certain information from US veterinary services.

“We need to understand what companies are not using ractopamine during the production of turkey, and their list should be here. In addition, they should submit details of the monitoring system for ractopamine use or a plan for its implementation, as well as the control system for this procedure,” he said.

“We still do not have the list of companies who wish to market their products to Russia – we do not know which of these companies are the same as those that are included in the list of suppliers to the EU, and there is no information on the monitoring system.

“We are willing to work, but we need comprehensive information.”

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