Russia lifts ban on turkey imports from U.S.
Rosselkhoznadzor's decision to lift the restrictions on the supply of turkey from the U.S. takes effect in Russia on February 24.
Based on the results of an inspection conducted in the United States, a decision has been made to lift the restrictions from two U.S. enterprises manufacturing turkey meat, Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales LLC and Butterball LLC, Rosselkhoznadzor told Interfax.
The materials on the inspection of a third enterprise have been sent to the Customs Union for approval. The two U.S. enterprises from which the restrictions have been lifted previously supplied their products to Russia and therefore they do not need the approval of the Customs Union to resume the supplies.
The ban on the supply of turkey meat was imposed in February 13 over the use of the growth stimulator ractopamine.
U.S. manufacturers received the right to supply their products to Russia after they took some measures to prevent the use of ractopamine in the production of meat, submitting an appropriate program.
Russian veterinary inspectors last year inspected 15 poultry enterprises in the United States, including three turkey manufacturers. Before the ban, over 200 U.S. enterprises had a right to supply turkey to Russia.