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Irish meat producers want immediate lifting of Russian pig meat embargo

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Meat Industry Ireland (MII) has called on the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to push for immediate action at EU level to remove technical restrictions on pigmeat exports to Russia.

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MII represents Irish meat processors and said that the upcoming specially convened Agriculture Council meeting in Brussels provides an opportunity for clear political direction to be given by EU agriculture ministers to engage in technical discussions with the Russian authorities to resolve the technical embargo on EU pig meat.

The embargo on pigmeat and other products was introduced in January 2014 as a result of limited African Swine Fever outbreaks in some eastern European Member States.

MII said that progress in this area could have a very positive impact on the EU pigmeat market and could quickly lead to the resumption of exports of certain pigmeat products which are blocked by these technical restrictions.

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