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Russia bans pork imports from Britain

Russia bans pork imports from Britain

Russia's veterinary watchdog is extending its ban of pork imports to include Britain over fears of a spread of the deadly swine flu virus, the watchdog said on Tuesday.
"We have closed (our borders) to one more EU country _ Britain," Nikolai Vlasov, deputy head of the oversight agency told a news conference, Russian news agencies reported. His press spokesman later confirmed the comments.
Britain has 18 confirmed cases of the virus.
Russia's ban of live and raw meat imports has affected exporters of pork, beef and poultry in Mexico, where the virus is believed to have orginated, Central American countries, the United States, Canada and Spain, mirroring the spread of swine flu.
"We are constantly told that pork is not dangerous," Vlasov said. "But at the same time, nobody has proved that it is safe."
The agency's actions have been met with anger from exporting states, which claim there is no risk to human or animal health from meat imports. Under international trade laws, countries are allowed to block imports on health and safety grounds if there is scientific evidence of potential risks.
So far, Russia has reported no cases of swine flu.


Updated : 2021-06-22 17:45 GMT+08:00