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Schmallenberg: Russia Bans EU Cattle Imports

10 February 2012
Meat & Livestock Australia

RUSSIA - Russia’s state veterinary service, Rosselkhoznadzor, has confirmed that Russia will ban imports of cattle and beef, along with genetic material (semen and embryos), as a result of the Schmallenberg virus.

In a previous news piece, TheCattleSite reported that Russia had banned live cattle and sheep meat from some EU countries.

Total EU beef exports to Russia in the first 11 months of 2011 totalled 128,498 tonnes cwe. Russia was the EU’s second largest beef export market behind Turkey in 2011, with beef exports valued at US$454 million for the first 10 months of 2011.

European officials have stated that the trade restrictions are unnecessary, as the virus is believed to pose no threat to humans. However, the European Commission has requested urgent scientific evidence and technical assistance for any possible risks resulting from the virus. Rosselkhoznadzor has commented that it is seriously concerned by the absence of measures to limit animal movements from affected regions.

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Further Reading

- Find out more information on Schmallenberg by clicking here.

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