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Russian Authorities Seize Smuggled Meat on Passenger Train

02 January 2014

RUSSIA - Veterinary officials from Rosselkhoznadzor for Bryansk and Smolensk regions this week seized three tonnes of meat being imported into the country on a passenger train from Moldova.

The boneless cuts of meat of unknown origin were being smuggled into the country on luggage racks, in the ceiling space of the train and in linen areas.

The meat had no certification and no labelling according to Rosselkhoznador.

Rosselkhoznador said that together with customs officials, the veterinary authority had seized more than 30 tonnes of raw meat and other meat products as well as 434 chickens that were being smuggled into the region.

Most of the products were being carried on passenger trains from Moldova and Ukraine.

In another incident, the veterinary authorities in the Moscow and Tula regions suspended the clearance of 96 tonnes of beef products from Australia that had crossed through Belarus to Lithuania.

The action was taken because of incorrect storage of the beef liver products in Lithuania and also irregularities with the certification.

The clearance of the product was suspended while tests were carried out.

TheMeatSite News Desk

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