A number products may be banned including cheeseburgers

Russia attacks McDonald’s over meat quality

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russian authorities have said they want to ban production of a number of popular McDonald’s burgers, claiming the fast food chain has violated the country’s legislation, which could result in dangerous meat and other products being sold to consumers.

Tasma food packaging film production line Kazan

Production ‘is important in view of sanctions imposed against Russia’

Food packaging line built to ‘substitute’ Russian imports

By Jenny Eagle

Tasma (Tatar Sensitive Materials) has launched an $8.3m food packaging film production line in Kazan, in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia, to extend product storage and shelf life.

The ban includes beef, pork and poultry products

Meat industry reacts to Russian ban

By Georgi Gyton

There has been mixed reaction to news of Russia’s import ban yesterday (7 August), with some associations shrugging it off, and others calling for action to be taken.

Imports of beef to Russia fell 21% in the first half of 2014

Russia continues to restrict meat imports

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

During the first half of the year meat imports to Russia fell by 37% year-on-year, while the country’s own meat production rose by 4%, clearly to compensate the losses, according to data from Rosstat, the Russian State Statistics Service.

Russia's Spiritual Administration of Muslims says the halal industry is growing rapidly

Russia sees rapid growth in halal meat production

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

The halal meat industry in Russia is growing rapidly, according to the country’s Spiritual Administration of Muslims. About 12% of all meat produced in the country is now officially certified as halal and, by 2020, this figure could rise to 20%, as the...

Russia is looking to impose a ban on GM food including meat from animals feed with GM feed

Russia to call UN to restrict GM products

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia may impose a ban on genetically modified (GM) food, including feed and meat from animals grown with the use of GM components, and is also appealing to the United Nations (UN) requesting the same actions.

Unilever says Russia is still a land of opportunity

Unilever says Russia is still a land of opportunity

By Nathan Gray

Unilever CEO Paul Polman is confident that Russia will be an important growth market for the firm, and is ready to invest in new facilities and acquisitions in the area despite a slowing economy.

Russia is taking measures to ensure the virus does not penetrate the Customs Union

Russia imposes restrictions on live pig imports

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia has banned imports of live pigs from six countries, including the US, Canada, Mexico, Japan, South Korea and South Africa, due to fears about the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus (PEDv), according to the Russian veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor.

There are suggestions that political motive is behind the closure

Ukraine pushes out Russian pork producer

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

One of Russia’s largest producers of poultry and pork, agricultural holding BEZRK-Belgrankorm, will close its business in Ukraine.

Ukraine estimates exports to Saudi Arabia could reach 30,000 tonnes

Ukraine poultry exports to Saudi Arabia set to resume

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Poultry from Ukraine may soon be exported once again to Saudi Arabia, said the Ukrainian minister of agrarian policy and food Igor Schweich, after meeting with Judiya Z Alhathal - the ambassador for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Ukraine.

Denmark may side-step EU to strengthen Russian links

Denmark may pursue bilateral solution with Russia

By Gerard O’Dwyer, in Helsinki

The Danish government is considering breaking ranks with the European Union (EU) and striking a bilateral trade deal with Russia to protect its pork exports. These have been hit while Russia blocks EU pigmeat exports over a handful of African swine fever...

Russian beef prices increase by double due to import ban

Import bans jack up Russian beef prices

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

The recent ban on imports of Australian beef to Russia has resulted in a sharp rise in the price of beef on the domestic market. In particular, the price for high-quality marbled beef in Moscow has jumped from RUB810 (US$22.50) to RUB1,600 (US$44.50),...

Russia looks set to ramp up production by 50% by 2020

Russia invests in horsemeat production

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia has pledged its support for the production of horsemeat, instigating a special investment program of RUB180m (US$6m) to subsidise the industry.

Russian government admits poultry expansion plan has been shelved

Russian meat industry shrugs off risk of EU/US sanctions

By Eugene Vorotnikov, in Voronez

The Russian government has shrugged off the risk posed by possible economic sanctions from the US and European Union (EU) over the Ukraine crisis, but admitted that a poultry export expansion plan has been shelved.

Poland looking to export to China in lieu of Russian losses

Poland eyes pork exports to China to compensate for Russian ban

By Jaroslaw Adamowski, in Warsaw

Polish Minister of Agriculture Marek Sawicki has announced plans by Poland to launch pork exports to China in a bid to compensate for the losses incurred by Russia’s decision to ban imports of Polish pork, which started on 7 April.

Russia claims beef exported from Australia contains trenbolone

Russia bans imports of beef from Australia

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russian veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor has announced that, as of 7 April 2014, it will not allow any imports of both chilled and frozen beef from Australia.

BASF: “The show was smaller than last year but we think the political situation was the reason for that...

Political conflict impacts Russian ingredients event

By Shane Starling

Political instability in the wake of Russia’s annexation of Crimea  from strife-torn Ukraine negatively impacted an ingredients event in Moscow in March, according to leading supplier BASF.

Cherkiziovo set to become country's largest poultry producer

Cherkizovo Group acquires LISKO Broiler company

By Georgi Gyton

Russian meat and fodder producer Cherkizovo Group has acquired poultry producer LISKO Broiler for approximately RUB5bn ($140m), in what has been touted as a significant event in the Russian meat industry.

Russian meat industry fears impact of trade sanctions

Russian meat market prepares for sanctions

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

The Russian meat industry may be seriously affected if the US and the European Union (EU) decide to impose trade sanctions against the country due to the situation in Crimea, Russian experts suggest.

Polish-Russian link up could see joint-venture pig farm

Polish-Russian joint venture to open pig farm in Russia

By Jaroslaw Adamowski

A joint venture set up by Polish and Russian investors is planning to open a new pig farm in Krasnodar Krai, in the south of Russia, said Marek Ociepka, head of the Moscow-based WPHI, the foreign trade and investment arm of Poland’s Foreign Ministry.

G8 could open door of opportunity for food safety

G8 could open door of opportunity for food safety

By Sarah Hills

World Health Organisation’s director of the department of Food Safety and Zoonoses, Dr Kazuaki Miyagishima, is helping to put food safety on the G8 agenda with a rapid alert system topping the list.

Russia's African swine fever problems worsen

ASF situation in Russia continues to worsen

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

While the first outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) have now been registered in the eastern part of the European Union, in Russia, where the disease has raged for six years, veterinary specialists predict a further deterioration of the situation in...

Russia suspends EU pork imports

Russia suspends pork imports from the EU

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

As of 30 January, Russian veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor has stopped pork imports from the European Union (EU) following the discovery last week in Lithuania of the bodies of two wild boars, which had died from African swine fever (ASF).


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