Veterinary specialists from Russia's agriculture watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor will carry out inspections on U.S. poultry farms no earlier than the end of October, a Rosselkhoznadzor spokesman told Interfax on Thursday after taking part in a phone talks between the veterinary services of both countries.
"We received a proposal from our American colleagues to carry out inspections in October but no date has been set yet, we need to check our schedules, but it will probably happen at the end of the month," the official said, adding that there will definitely be inspections.
During Thursday's talks, the export of turkey meat without ractopamine to Russia was discussed, he said. Russia stopped meat supplies, including turkey, from the United States on February 11, 2013 due to the use of ractopamine in its production.
Rosselkhoznadzor chief Sergei Dankvert told Interfax earlier that the talks were aimed at ensuring Customs Union countries are sure that the U.S. veterinary service is doing enough to control the use of ractopamine.
The Federal Customs Union reports that the United States exported $18.1 billion worth of meat, by products and live animals to Russia in 2012. Supplies of frozen beef amounted to 47,900 tonnes ($223.4 million), chilled beef topped 1,000 tonnes ($16.9 million) and pork - 92,100 tonnes ($300.4 million).
Poultry imports to the Customs Union totaled 406,700 tonnes for $456 million. Russia obtained 74.4 percent of supplies (in value terms) and Kazakhstan - 25.6 percent.
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