Russia intends to cut number of cold storages in EU countries sanctioned to export meat products to Russia

, March 24, 2014 () – Russian veterinary regulator Rosselkhoznadzor intends to cut the number of cold storages in European Union (EU) countries sanctioned to export meat products to Russia.

This has been announced by Vasily Lavrovskiy, head of Rosselkhoznadzor's department on global cooperation and the WTO. But, analysts suggest this step shows the regulator intends to boost imports of pork and live pigs, and limit imports of other types of meat, which include some processed meat products, from several European countries.

Lavrovskiy said : 'We're going to reduce the number of cold storages that sell pork meat from European countries included in the African swine fever (ASF) risk zone.'

Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland are expected to be the first countries that may lose their cold storage meat export rights to Russia.

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