Russia's Federal Veterinary and Phyto-Sanitary Oversight Service might ban imports of poultry meat from Brazil if inspectors find that Brazilian producers use chlorine solutions to process carcasses, the head of the watchdog, Sergei Dankvert said.
"We want to warn our Brazilian colleagues: if the use of chlorine in processing of poultry meat is confirmed, we will be forced to shut down its shipment to Russia," Dankvert said, recalling that the use of chlorine solutions in poultry production is banned in Russia.
"And we are deeply concerned by the surprise of Brazilian specialists who claimed they thought that this measure applies only to suppliers from the United States," Dankvert said. It therefore turns out that Brazil's veterinary service provided guarantees of safety, but did not check for the use of chlorine, he told reporters on Wednesday.
He said inspections of Brazilian poultry suppliers are scheduled to start on October 20, but this will probably happen a little later.
If the Russian inspectors have enough time, they will also inspect pork and beef suppliers, Dankvert said.
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