Russia Reviews Belarus, Kazakhstan Poultry Bans

Russia’s Agriculture watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor has lifted temporary restrictions on import of poultry products from the Vitebsk broiler poultry factory in Belarus, BelTA news agency reports.

Specialists from the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance will still keep an eye on these products and will take at least ten samples to try to find coccidiostats (dinitrocarbanilide) in poultry meat sausages, the agency said.

The decision authorizes the import of products made starting 10 December, and the imports have to be accompanied by digital veterinary certificates, it added.

This week, Russia said it will reconsider its decision to ban transhipment of U.S. poultry products through its territory to Kazakhstan following a ‘constructive’ meeting between the two customs union partners.

Rosselkhoznadzor claimed that the new restrictions against U.S. poultry had to be introduced “because of the threat of supplying products with unknown origin, as well as products made of raw materials with unknown origin to the Russian market.”

According to the veterinary authority, there was no traceability system for the product subjected to the veterinary control on Kazakhstan’s meat market.

Kazakhstan imported 140,000 tons of frozen poultry from the U.S. last year, the majority of the 172,000 tons imported into the country in total in 2017, according to the Union of Poultry Farmers of Kazakhstan.