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Meat Institute Troubled by Extension of Russia's Ban on U.S. Meat Products

Thursday, July 2, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

NAMI President and CEO Barry Carpenter expressed concern with Russia's decision to extend its ban on U.S. meat and other agricultural products, calling the move 'unjustified' in a statement . Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an order extending the country's ban on imports of meat and other goods from the U.S., Canada, European Union, Australia and Norway. Russia initially enacted the ban last August in response to sanctions imposed by these countries stemming from events in Ukraine and the Crimean Peninsula.

"Continuing this ban ignores the free trade obligations that came with Russia's 2012 decision to join the World Trade Organization," said Carpenter. "The U.S. meat and poultry industry supports free trade and strives to reduce tariff and non-tariff barriers to ensure the safe trade of these products," he added.

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