Miss. ports counting on Russia to accept poultry exports

JACKSON COUNTY, Miss. — Several Gulf Coast ports expect to begin shipping frozen poultry to Russia again as early as this week, their leaders said.

In January, Russia — a major market for chicken exports — barred incoming U.S. chicken over concerns regarding the anti-microbial chlorine rinses used to disinfect the meat.

Then in June, President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said they reached an agreement to lift the ban, but the exports never resumed.

Earlier this week, U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran, R-Oxford, Jeff Sessions, R-Mobile, and 28 other senators wrote Sergey Kislyak, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the U.S., concerned with “Russia’s failure to honor” the agreement.

The Mississippi Press
9/2/10