18 Feb 2010 11:20

Primorye sanitary services reject poultry shipment from U.S.

VLADIVOSTOK. Feb 18 (Interfax) - The Primorye veterinarian and phytosanitary control authorities have returned to the United States 47.2 tonnes of poultry of uncertain quality supplied to an Ussuriysk company, assistant head of the territorial veterinarian and phytosanitary control department Viltay Salenko told Interfax on Thursday.

"Veterinarian certificates confirming the origin, quality and safety of the poultry did not have the exports stamp of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)," he said.

"The two containers of chicken quarters were returned from the Vladivostok seaport to the exporter," he noted.

It is prohibited to import food of uncertified quality to Russia in keeping with the Federal Law on Food Quality and Security, Salenko said.