Russia Imposes Beef Import Restrictions on JBS, Marfrig Plants

Russia imposed import restrictions on beef plants owned by JBS SA (JBSS3), Marfrig Alimentos SA (MRFG3) and Minerva SA/Brazil (BEEF3) for unsanitary conditions, Brazil’s Agriculture Ministry said.

Russian sanitary authorities sent a report about plant inspections between June 30 and July 14 in which they found some non-compliance with sanitary rules, Brazil’s ministry said today in an e-mailed statement. Imports from a Pamplona pork plant are also being restricted, it said.

Brazil will translate the Russian report to review the violations and work to resolve them “as soon as possible,” the ministry said in the statement. Minerva confirmed Russian suspension of imports from two plants in a regulatory filling. Six of JBS’s plants and one of Marfrig’s were cited in the report, the ministry said.

Russia is Brazil’s biggest beef importer. The country bought as much as $807 million of beef from January to August, according to data from Brazil’s Trade Ministry website.

Russia in November 2012 lifted an embargo of beef, poultry and pork imports from three Brazil states for unsanitary conditions.

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