Processing Magazine

Russian Ban Threatens to Halt Meat Recovery

November 15, 2010

Marketwire reports that, while Russia has resumed importing American poultry products, the nation appears to be easing U.S. poultry out in the long-term. Large-scale U.S. meat producers also face problems domestically due to the U.S. government''s shift towards supporting small-scale farming and production. The government released a list of potential rules focused on making the industry a fairer environment in which small companies can better compete with corporate giants who are dominating the industry. Russia had been the largest export market for U.S. poultry before it put a ban in place in January. Then in September, Russia agreed to lift its ban following a meeting between Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev. The victory for U.S. poultry producers was short-lived as Russia plans to cease the importing of frozen chicken in January.