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Belarus Suspends Export of Non-Heat-Treated Pork to Russia

17 December 2014

BELARUS - Belarus is to temporarily suspend exports of non-heat-treated pork products to Russia.

Director of the Veterinary and Food Oversight Department of the Belarusian Agriculture and Food Ministry Vasily Pivovar told BelTA.:"Taking into account the current situation, we have instructed the agencies eligible for issuing certificates for the export of pork products to the Russian Federation to temporarily suspend this activity until the circumstances are clarified."

He added that the restrictions apply only to the pork products that have not been heat-treated (at the temperature of +72°C and higher inside the product for 30 minutes), reports the Belarusian News

As it was reported earlier, in early October 2014 Russia temporarily suspended the import of products of nine Belarusian meat processing plants in which the genome of the African swine fever (ASF) virus had been detected.

The ASF viral genome represents a kind of a trace of the disease and poses no threat to human health.

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