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Russia Bans Ukraine's Soy, Mulls Greek Fruit, US Poultry Ban

FILE - A Russian woman is reflected in the glass as she looks at poultry at a market in Moscow.
FILE - A Russian woman is reflected in the glass as she looks at poultry at a market in Moscow.

Russia has banned soy imports from Ukraine and may impose restrictions on Greek fruits and U.S. poultry next week, Russian news agencies reported on Thursday, in what could be responses to new Western sanctions.

Russia has already announced several bans on food imports following Western sanctions over Moscow's support of rebels in Ukraine.

It has decided to suspend Ukrainian soy, soymeal and sunseed imports starting from August 1 due to a breach of phytosanitary requirements, Interfax reported, citing the Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Service (VPSS).

Ukraine exported 1.2 million tons of soy in 2013, of which 141,000 tons went to Russia, according to Ukragroconsult consultancy data. Russia had previously banned Ukrainian dairy and juice supplies from July 29.

VPSS also may restrict fruit imports from Greece next week, RIA news agency reported, citing the watchdog agency.

VPSS has found signs of certain quarantine-linked pests such as moths in Greek nectarines, and U.S. poultry imports may be suspended due to signs certain antibiotics were used, according to the reports.

Greece exported about 160,000 tons of fruit to Russia last year worth 180 million euros ($241 million), said George Polychronakis, an adviser at Greece's fruit exports association Incofruit-Hellas.

VPSS may suspend U.S. poultry imports next week, Interfax said. Russia imported U.S. chicken meat worth $71 million in January through April, Interfax said.

Russia's VPSS could not immediately be reached for comment.

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August 06, 2014 2:52 PM
Fish or beef is a good alternative meal, if the chickens are not edible. Why worry about the chickens? Russia could save $71 Million, now that is cost effective, money that could be used for their
own chicken farms?

by: Gennady from: Russia, Volga Region
August 01, 2014 11:57 AM
US poultry for Russian consumers should have been banned long ago as detrimental for consumers’ health. The USA's chickens are heavily drugged for the enhancing of producers’ profits. It is the wide known truth that the USA poultry farming is the most industrialised, intensified and cruel in the whole wide world. Ninety-nine percents of chickens (99%) spend their miserable lives in total confinement in filthy sheds; the animals are abused, overcrowded.
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by: us from: us
August 01, 2014 3:57 PM
You got that right, most poultry from the U.S. is disgusting. They can hardly walk, fed antibiotics and the quality of the product is not acceptable for consumption by humans or animals.

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