Russia bans Missouri pork
The Russian federal veterinarian and
phytosanitary service has banned the imports of pork from a Missouri-based
Premium Standard meat factory. The service claimed that the
company violated to meet 'veterinary-sanitary
It is thought that this way, Russia is carrying out a threat the country
made to the US last month, for blocking its membership in the World Trade
Russia announced it would impose import barriers on US meat, if by October
the country still be refusing to admit Russia's to the global trade group.
For over ten years, Russia has been trying to join the WTO. Only the US is
still blocking the entry, seeking more concessions on agriculture.
The ban comes days after Premium Standard agreed to be acquired by
Smithfield, the world's largest pork processor.
The Russian veterinary watchdog also said that poultry imports from three
US factories based in Georgia and Indiana would also be limited, from the end of
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