21 Feb 2018 16:06

Rosselkhoznadzor lifts poultry import ban for two Swedish regions Feb 21, bans imports from two French regions

MOSCOW. Feb 21 (Interfax) - Russian agricultural watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor has lifted restrictions on poultry imports from two Swedish region and banned imports of live poultry and incubated eggs from two regions of France.

Due to an improving epizootic situation with Newcastle disease in Sweden, restrictions have been lifted on imports of incubated eggs, live poultry, poultry meat, finished poultry products and poultry-raising equipment from Sweden's Kalmar and Ostergotland counties.

This ban was implemented in August 2017. However, imports of poultry meat and finished poultry products are still not possible due to the Russian food embargo.

On the back of newly registered outbreaks of low-path avian flu in France, Rosselkhoznadzor had banned imports of live poultry and incubated eggs from France's Morbihan and Loire-Atlantique departments.

The agency also said that temporary restrictions associated with France's low-path avian flu issues do not apply to imports into Russia of poultry, finished poultry products, all types of finished meat products containing processed poultry, as well as poultry-raising equipment from the Pyrenees-Atlantiques, Lot, Haute-Garonne, Cher and Andre departments of France. However, these imports are also impossible as they fall under the Russian food embargo.

Restrictions on imports of live poultry and incubated eggs from these departments remain in place, Rosselkhoznadzor said.