Denmark fears Russian food boycot
Danish agriculture feels that the Russian threat to
introduce a total stop to the imports of foods and dairy products from EU might
pose a threat to export.
Russia announced this move last week, anxious to see Bulgaria's and Romania's
entry to the EU as from January 1st as they claim that could cause animal
diseases or risky foods to spread to Russia.
If Russia carries out the threats it will primarily hurt the Danish slaughter
plants and thousands of Danish pig producers.
Denmark is today EU's largest exporter
of pork to the Russian market and the sales to the Russians have increased
Almost one in five imported Russian pork products in the first half-year 2006
originated from Danish pigs. In total, Danish pork exports in the first eight
months were worth €188 million.
EU rules however regulate Romania and Bulgaria's gradual
introduction to the EU's single market. This means animals and foods will not be
exported to EU until the two countries meet the EU standards.
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