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Ukraine Moves To Change Meat Import Rules

Ukraine has changed its meat import regulations and may require its inspectors to visit all foreign plants shipping meat products to the country, a U. S. Agriculture Department attaché said in a report released Aug. 24.

The new requirements will begin Jan. 14, 2010, but the detailed requirements of the regulation are unclear, the attaché said, noting it wanted to raise awareness about potential costs for affected industries.

Ukraine veterinary officials have said the regulations could affect U. S. poultry, red meat, fish, dairy and pet food exports, the report said.

“This regulation may reduce bilateral trade in meat products through a significant reduction of suppliers, complicated logistics and inspection costs that exporters would incur,” the attaché said.

If the new rule affects all dairy, fish, poultry and other products of animal origin, it could hurt as much as US$302 million in annual trade, the report said.

Attaché reports are not considered official USDA data.

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