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Russian Delegation Visits Brazilian Processing Facilities

02 July 2013

BRAZIL - On Sunday (30 June), an entourage of Russian inspectors visited 16 establishments - ten cattle slaughterhouses, five pig abattoirs and one poultry processing plant.

The presence of the Russian mission has renewed the industry's expectations regarding possible consequences to eliminate or mitigate restrictions imposed on shipments located in the States of Rio Grande do Sul, Paraná and Mato Grosso, which completed two years on 15 June.

In April this year, two plants in Paraná were permitted to sell chicken meat to Russia, but other meats were restricted. Rio Grande do Sul had a horse slaughter plant enabled this month, but the bigger concern lies with the removal of restrictions on swine slaughterhouses.

With respect to the pig industry, which is now permitted to resume shipments to Ukraine, there is an expectation that new plants will be enabled by the Russians, since currently, only four processing plants (two in Santa Catarina, one in Minas Gerais and one in Goiás) are allowed to export to Russia.

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