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American poultry producers exported 267,000 metric tons of chicken valued at USD 303 million to Russia in 2013.

Russia has decided to impose restrictions on poultry imports from the United States because of “harmful residues.”

Russia’s Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Service (VPSS) said on Thursday that the new decision would come into effect as of December 5.

VPSS said it made the decision due to “the ongoing identification of harmful residues and banned substances coming from the US poultry products, including the presence of tetracycline.”

On Wednesday, Russia also limited poultry imports from Germany and beef from Italy, Hungary and Montenegro.

The EU and the United States have slapped several rounds of economic sanctions against Russia over Moscow’s alleged involvement in the Ukraine crisis.

In August, Russia responded to Western sanctions by imposing a one-year ban on the import of certain food products from the EU, US, Canada, Australia and Norway.

The products subject to the ban are beef, pork, poultry, fish, fruit, vegetables, cheese, milk and other dairy products.

The US exports of food and agricultural products to Russia totaled USD 1.3bn in 2013. Among those affected are American poultry producers, who exported 267,000 metric tons of chicken, valued at USD 303 million to Russia last year.


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