19 Sep 2018 09:31

Russia banning meat imports from another Belarusian supplier

MOSCOW. Sept 19 (Interfax) - Russian plant and animal health watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor is banning imports of meat products from Starfood effective September 20 after again finding anticoccidial drugs in the Belarusian company's poultry sausage products.

The watchdog has also placed five Belarusian companies on enhanced laboratory control.

The enhanced control will be applied to products from Agrokombinat Zarya, poultry meat from which was found to contain anticoccidial drugs; Vakhavyak Plus, beef from which was found to contain tetracycline; Belovezhskiye Delikatessy, whose poultry sausages were found to contain excessive amounts of mesophilic aerobic and facultative anaerobic microorganisms; and Vitebsk Broiler Poultry Factory and Druzhba Poultry Plant, whose poultry meat was found to contain anticoccidial drugs.

Rosselkhoznadzor said that anticoccidial drugs have a broad range of negative effects on human health. Regular consumption of eggs and poultry meat containing them can result in disbacteriosis, decreased immunity, chronic colds, allergic reactions and disorders of all body systems. Heat treatment does not destroy these substances.