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Russia Bans Pig Imports From Germany, Citing Antibiotic Levels

November 09, 2011

Nov. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Russia barred imports of pigs from Germany starting Nov. 15 because antibiotic levels in the animals’ bodies were too high.

German producers should refrain from using medicines for about 30 days before sending animals to Russia so that antibiotic content is at a safe level for consumers, Alexei Alekseenko, a spokesman for Russia’s food-safety watchdog, known as Rosselkhoznadzor, said by phone from Moscow.

The import ban will be lifted as soon as Germany’s veterinary service shows that required safety rules are being observed, Alekseenko said.

Germany exports up to 350,000 pigs to Russia a year, according to Rosselkhoznadzor figures.

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