Russia is introducing temporary restrictions on the imports and transit of pig meat and processed products from Lithuania in compliance with the requirements of Customs Union legislation after Belarus restricted the transportation of Lithuanian pig meat in its territory over an outburst of African Swine Fever (ASF) as of January 25.

"In compliance with the requirements of the legislation of the Customs Union to guarantee the biological safety of its territory Rosselkhoznadzor is joining restrictive measures proposed by the veterinary service of Belarus," a Saturday posting on the website of Rosselkhoznadzor veterinary authority says.

Earlier First Deputy Director of the veterinary and food oversight department of the Belarusian Agriculture and Food Ministry Yury Pivovarchik told Interfax that all previously issued permits for the importation of the banned commodities from Lithuania were cancelled.

The temporary restrictions concern live pigs, semen, pig meat and meat products, hides, hog bristle and certain hunting trophies, he added.

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