USDA to talk poultry with Russia—hopefully this week

May 24, 2004, as reported by 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".

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