Russia lifts 27-year ban on British meat subproducts
Russia's Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Oversight Service (Rosselkhoznadzor) has canceled the restrictions on importing beef and lamb subproducts from Great Britain, a Rosselkhoznadzor statement says.
The product safety watchdog says that this decision was the outcome of talks between senior Russian and British inspectors Yeveny Nepoklonov and Nigel Gibbens that took place on August 21.
In July, Britain's veterinary service submitted to Rosselkhoznadzor information with instructions on control and the process of identification in the slaughter of cattle and sheep and the examination of carcasses and subproducts in accordance with Customs Union norms that British slaughterhouses need to comply with. The service also presented the pertinent guarantees.
The ban had been imposed in 1986 due to the discovery of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as mad cow disease, in Great Britain.
The 26-year ban on importing British meat because of BSE was lifted last November.