Alexei Alexeyenko, spokesman for the Russian federal service for veterinary and phytosanitary surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) told GlobalMeatNews: “The risk of human infection has not yet been identified. The EU countries are currently conducting researches and we know that other viruses from the same group are dangerous to humans.”
And while Russia is not currently planning to impose ban on meat imports from the EU, he warned that the government was ready to act: "So far, there was not any announcements from the EU authorities about the danger of consumption of meat products, as the virus was not found in meat. However once there will be a serious reason for the ban, we will also ban meat imports."
Alexeyenko added Russia was unhappy with what he regarded as weak movement controls of livestock within the EU following the outbreak, and that Rosselkhoznadzor will continue to monitor this situation.
Sergey Yushin, head of the Russian National Meat Association, warned the Schmallenberg virus is poorly understood: “Symptoms (…) are hardly-recognisable, while its consequences are only detected during lambing or calving. The impact of this disease on the safety of meat is also not fully understood”.