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Russia Could Soon Reopen to British Beef Exports

28 August 2013

RUSSIA - Russia could soon reopen its markets for British produced cattle and sheep meat and offal.

The move follows negotiations between the head of the British veterinary service Nigel Gibbens and the deputy head of the Russian veterinary authority Rosselkhoznador Evgeny Nepoklonov last week.

During the talks the two sides acknowledged the cooperation between Rosselkhoznador and the British veterinary research centres at Pirbright and Weybridge.

Mr Nepoklonov said that the Rusian veterinary experts had assessed the inspection and control measures on British meat products and the positive results had meant that restrictions that had been imposed on the imports of offal and beef and sheep meat could soon be lifted.

He added that companies that wanted to export to Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan should apply to be inspected by a Russian veterinary team.

During the meeting, Mr Gibbens said that he was interested in expanding the export of eggs for hatching, genetics and breeding animals to Russia.

The two sides also agreed on a joint programme for research on Schmallenberg disease, avian influenza and foot and mouth disease.

Next month a delegation from the Russian veterinary research centre will be visiting the British veterinary research centres.

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