Russia Authorises Two Brazilian Plants for Horse Meat Export27 June 2013
BRAZIL - The Russian health service has authorised two equine slaughterhouses in Rio Grande do Sul and Parana to export horse meat to Russia.
It is expected that the move will increase the prospects for growth in the market for equine meat.
This is a promising initiative in that it opens a new market, reports Brazil's Agriculture Ministry. There is no record of equine meat exports to the Russian market in the last 15 years.
The newly authorised plants are SIF 3877 (Foresta Ltda.) and SIF 55 (Oregon SA).
The veterinary services of Belarus and Kazakhstan made the same decision, authorising them to export their products to the territory of the Customs Union.
In 2012, Brazil exported 2300 tonnes of horse meat, resulting in total sales worth US$6.7 million. Belgium was the main buyer (US$4.34 million), followed by South Africa, Spain, Finland, Italy, Japan and the Netherlands.
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