13 Apr 2010 10:17

U.S. ready to export chlorine-free chicken to Russia

MOSCOW. April 13 (Interfax) - American producers have agreed not to use chlorine for treating poultry, hoping to resume poultry exports to Russia, Russia's chief sanitary official Gennady Onishchenko told Interfax.

"We have been informed that American producers are switching to poultry meat production without using chlorine and that they want to restart exports to Russia as soon as possible," Onishchenko said.

"We welcome the American side's willingness to comply with Russian standards," he said.

"After we get an official confirmation we will be ready to start working with concrete producers, prepared to export chlorine-free poultry," Onishchenko said, but did not say exactly when U.S. poultry exports could resume.

Asked whether U.S. poultry supplies could begin this spring, he said, "This question is not for me."