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China Ships Pork To Russia For First Time In 10 Years

  • RFE/RL

Chinese has shipped pork to Russia for the first time in a decade, the Russian food standards agency says.

In a statement on its website on October 13, Rosselkhoznadzor said that the agency’s experts were present in China to monitor the production of 800 tons of pork that was shipped to Russia.

Russia banned Chinese meat imports in 2004, citing concerns about hoof-and-mouth disease.

The ban followed an outbreak of SARS that originated in China and was blamed for hundreds of deaths worldwide.

Russia permitted two Chinese companies to export pork on August 19.

The decision was made shortly after Russia announced a ban on many meat products and foods from the EU, the United States and other Western nations in a response to Westerns sanctions imposed on Russia over its role in the Ukraine crisis.