May 24, 2004,
as reported by just-food.com: Talks with Russia
over re-establishing its U.S. poultry trade could begin
as early as this week according to USDA officials.
Russia introduced bans on poultry exports from 11 US
poultry plants after claiming its inspectors found pathogens
in poultry from those plants. Some of these bans are
still in place and the US producers are eager to have
full trade between the two countries back.
USDA spokesman Ed Loyd said Russian agriculture minister
Alexei Gordeyev had told USDA secretary Ann Veneman
that the talks may result in Russian inspectors returning
to US poultry plants this summer, reported OsterDowJones.
Greg Lee, chief administrative officer of Tyson Foods
and chairman of the National Chicken Council, said Russia
had acted "without an opportunity for USDA or US
poultry companies to respond to the findings".