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Russia Suspends Beef Offal, Animal Fat Imports from EU

This week Russia’s Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Service (VPSS) announced suspension of beef offal and all animal fat imports from the European Union. Beef muscle cuts from the EU were already suspended due to Russia’s Aug. 7 import ban. The Russian market has been closed to pork from the EU since Jan. 30 due to African swine fever.

While beef offal and some animal fat products were not included in the Russian government’s Aug. 7 decree, VPSS said these items are being suspended due to various sanitary violations. Russia has been the EU’s leading export market for beef variety meat this year, with exports through August totaling 31,501 metric tons (mt). This is a 95 percent increase from the same period in 2013, with livers accounting for about half of the export volume.

Data source: Global Trade Atlas