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Coca-Cola withdraws business from Russia while other companies remain

By Mary Ellen Shoup

Coca-Cola is the latest major global food and beverage giant to suspend operations in Russia as an act of protest against the Russian invasion and continued attack on Ukraine and follows similar announcements made by PepsiCo, Starbucks, and McDonald's....

Meat fraud reported to be rife in Russia

Meat fraud reported to be rife in Russia

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Up to 22% of meat products on the domestic market in Russia were fraudulent in 2017, according Russian veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor.

Russia looks to export opportunity for halal venison

Russia looks to export opportunity for halal venison

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

A recently opened slaughterhouse in northern Siberia has been certified to sell venison in accordance with Islamic standards (halal) and is currently in negotiations to export commercial batches of premium cuts to Iran and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)....

Growth in Chinese poultry exports, especially broiler meat, is well ahead of overall agricultural export growth

Chinese poultry exports on the rise

By Mark Godfrey

Efforts by Chinese poultry firms to get export market share were given a boost by the news that a major poultry-producing region in eastern China has upped its exports by over 13% year on year in 2017.

Novorossiysk is Russia's most important port linking trade to Asia, Europe and South America

Russia bans Brazilian meat

By Eugene Vorotnikov

A ban on all beef and pork imports from Brazil, the largest meat importer to Russia, has been imposed by the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor), over concerns about the detection of a forbidden hormone.

Food safety experts claim Russia needs to rewrite its meat traceability laws

ASF-infected meat detected in Russian plants

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Meat products infected with African swine fever (ASF) have been detected on retail shelves in at least two Russian regions, Pskov Oblast and Khabarovsk Krai, according to Russian veterinary body Rosselkhoznadzor.

Russia’s Cherkizovo suspected of tax evasion

Russia’s Cherkizovo suspected of tax evasion

By Eugene Vorotnikov

Russian law enforcement agencies have said they will conduct a detailed investigation into criminal allegations against Cherkizovo, Russia’s leading pork and poultry producer.

Russia-based Tavr is to launch its own version of Iberian ham

Iberian ham finds its way back into Russian stores

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia’s company Tavr has said it has mastered the production of Iberian ham at its Rostov-based meat processing plant, so the product – previously very popular among Russians but banned within the food embargo – should soon hit domestic grocery shelves...

China has reopened import routes with Russia

China to start importing meat from Russia

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

China has cancelled a ban on imports of ‘ruminant meats’ (beef and lamb), from 49 regions of the Russian Federation, according to a recent release from Russia’s veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor. 

Russia is to remove the lower customs duties previously enjoyed by certain nations

Russia to cancel lower duties on beef from Brazil and Paraguay

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia’s committee on customs and tariff regulation, headed by the Minister for Economic Development Maxim Oreshkin, has decided to start applying full customs duties on beef imported from Brazil and Paraguay “to get the price of importers in line with...

Amur Broiler has had to cull one million birds due to presence of avian influenza

Russian poultry company culls one million broilers over AI fears

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

One of the largest poultry producers in the Far East part of Russia, Amur Broiler, has culled one million heads of broilers since mid-August, when laboratory inspection of samples taken from the corpses of dead poultry showed the possible presence of...

Russia's government does not think the meat sector has been hurt by economic sanctions

Russian meat sector profits soaring, says government

By Oscar Rousseau

The profitability of Russia's meat sector rose by 2.2 times between 2013 and 2016, actually benefiting from the tit-for-tat sanctions imposed by Russia and its Western trading partners, according to the Russian Ministry of Agriculture.

Meat production rises in Russia as the country targets a tenfold rise in exports

Meat production in Russia keeps growing

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia has increased poultry production by 5.4%, pork production by 5.7% and beef production by 1.1% between January and May 2017 compared to the same period last year, according to recent estimates from the Russian State Statistical Service (Rostat).

Russia exported over 100,000 tonnes of poultry meat last year

Russia limits poultry trade as bird flu spreads

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia’s veterinary body Rosselkhoznadzor has prohibited poultry exports from six regions, where highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI) has been detected.

Tyson Foods is looking to expand into the Russian broiler sector

Tyson Foods plans Russian broiler expansion

By Eugene Vorotnikov, in Voronezh, Russia

US meat processor Tyson Foods is expanding within the Russian poultry breeding sector via a deal with Samuel Lipman, a former board member of Cherkizovo Group, one of Russia’s largest meat and poultry producers and processors. 

Russia is battling a number of livestock disease infecting chickens, pigs, cattle and deer

Russia battles diverse livestock diseases

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia is facing numerous biosecurity problems, as African swine fever (ASF) challenges the pig industry, poultry farmers battle bird flu, the first outbreaks of nodular dermatitis hit cattle farmers, and venison breeders combat anthrax.

Ties between Mexico and Russia are expected to grow as trade restrictions are predicted to be lifted

Russian meat deal could benefit Mexico

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Mexico may be able to export 200,000-400,000 tonnes (t) of meat to Russia, as trade restrictions, started in 2012, are about to be lifted, according to Enrique Sánchez Cruz, director of Mexican veterinary regulator Senasica. 

US pig traders could outmuscle Brazil in Russia if trade relations cool

Trump may 'restore' US pork trade with Russia

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia’s National Meat Association (NMA) has claimed that a lifting of the country’s food embargo could lead to US pig farmers reinstating supplies to the country, pushing out Brazilian exporters.

Recent strengthening of the rouble has made Russian meat exports less competitive

Russia targets huge growth in meat exports

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia plans to increase meat exports tenfold to 1 million tonnes a year by 2020, according to Alexandr Tkachev, the country’s minister of agriculture.

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