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Russia halts meat import from Lithuania, Poland

Dairy produceRussia has halted imports of Lithuanian dairy produce. The consumer watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said the levels of yeast and mould in Lithuanian dairy produce were unacceptable.

Lithuania is already involved in a bitter dispute with Russia over the cost of Russian gas, which Moscow's former Soviet bloc allies rely on. Lithuania is leading EU efforts to sign new trade deals with those countries.

Rosselkhoznadzor also raised warnings about a new batch of Polish meat, including poultry from Polskamp Meat Industries and frozen pork from the Skiba meat processing plant, the Polish news agency PAP reported.

Rosselkhoznadzor said laboratory testing of the products revealed the presence of pathogenic bacteria in them, specifically mesophilic microorganisms in the poultry meat and E. coli in the pork products.

The warnings came a week after Rosselkhoznadzor lodged similar objections to chilled pork from the Polish meat producer Biernacki and finished pork products from the Sokolow S.A. plant in Czyzew, Poland.

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