MEXICO CITY, August 9 (RIA Novosti) – Mexican authorities continue negotiations with Russia’s Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) in order to resume meat supplies to the country in the nearest future, spokesperson for the Mexican Secretariat of Agriculture Blanca Palafox told RIA Novosti Saturday.
“Mexican meat producers will be able to export meat products of the highest quality, healthy and safe, right after the Russian government gives its consent,” Palafox said citing Secretary of Agriculture of Mexico Enrique Martínez y Martínez.
In December 2012, Rosselkhoznadzor had limited meat exports from Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the United States due to the content of a banned feed additive ractopamine. It is used in animal breeding to build-up physique. The additive is prohibited in 160 countries, including the Customs Union member states and the European Union.
On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree banning imports of agricultural and food products from countries that imposed sanctions on Russia. The one-year ban went into effect Thursday and embargoes beef, pork, poultry, fish, seafood, milk, dairy products, as well as fruits and vegetables from the European Union, the United States, Australia, Canada and Norway.