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Minister Unfazed By Threats To Ban Russian Food Exports

Published: May 2, 2014 (Issue # 1808)



  • Russia imported 1800 metric tons of meat and poultry last year, worth a total of nearly $5.9 billion.
    Photo: Vedomosti

Agriculture Minister Nikolai Fyodorov said Apr. 25 that consumers would not feel any change if Europe andthe U.S. ban food exports toRussia.

We do not predict any major changes or shortages," said Fyodorov, RIA Novosti reported. "There could be some hiccups, but inthe mid-term I do not think that there will be any noticeable disruptions onshelves onaccount ofthe political developments occurring now around Russia,

Russia imported 1,800 metric tons ofmeat andpoultry last year, worth atotal ofnearly $5.9 billion, according tothe latest customs data. Russian businesses have invested heavily indeveloping domestic pig andpoultry breeding inrecent years.

Fyodorov also said that thebans Russia is regularly imposing onproducts fromvarious countries are normal andshould not be politicized.

This activity happens every year, toa greater or lesser degree, due tothe discovery ofdifferent pathologies andillnesses, Fyodorov said.

Russia banned imports ofpork andlive pigs fromall European Union countries inlate January after cases ofAfrican Swine Fever, ahighly contagious disease which does not affect humans but is lethal topigs, were reported inLithuania.

TheFederal Veterinary andPhytosanitary Inspection Service has said that it may also limit deliveries offruit andvegetables fromPoland if thecountry does not take additional food safety measures, as well asprovide thecorrect import documentation.

We always have other countries andregions that can quickly begin deliveries ofthose products we predict apossible deficit in, Fyodorov said, adding that Russia could purchase foodstuffs fromAustralia, Brazil, Peru or Uruguay.





 


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