Effective March 31, Russia’s Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Service (VPSS) suspended chilled beef imports from Australia following further findings of the growth promotant trenbolone. This decision was based on the premise that frozen beef can be held and tested for trenbolone, but this is impractical for chilled beef.
However, USMEF has now confirmed through industry sources that Russia has also suspended imports of frozen Australian beef with an effective shipping date of April 7. With chilled beef no longer eligible from the United States or Australia, Russia’s hotel, restaurant and institutional (HRI) sector was already facing severe beef supply issues. Restrictions on frozen beef from Australia will limit supply options for an even wider range of Russian buyers.
USMEF will provide further updates on this suspension as more details become available.