Export of pork and live pigs to Russia suspended because of African swine fever case in Lithuania
The export of pork and live pigs from the EU to Russia has been suspended. As the reason for this, the Russian authorities have referred to a case of African swine fever found in two wild boars in Lithuania, on 24 January 2014. According to the European Commission, negotiations between the Commission and Russian authorities have not reached a conclusion. Evira received this information on the evening of 30 January 2014. Issuing veterinary certifications for pork, meat preparations and live pigs is therefore prohibited throughout the EU. According to the Russian authorities, imports will be prohibited until the EU is able to guarantee, in a manner acceptable to Russia, that the epidemic has been contained and the transport of pork is safe from other areas. The Russian authorities will not accept veterinary certifications issued for pork within the EU after 27 January 2014.
For further information, please contact:
Kyösti Siponen, Head of Unit, tel. +358 (0)50 386 8412