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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Brussels Agrees To Foot Bill for Dioxin Scare

A Belgian veterinary delegation in Moscow has agreed to Russian proposals aimed at disposing of Belgian meat and products suspected of containing carcinogenic dioxin, Russia's chief veterinarian said Tuesday.

"The Belgian side accepted all our proposals concerning the imports' safety," said Vyacheslav Avilov, head of the veterinary department at the Agriculture Ministry.

Russia banned poultry, pork and animal feed from Belgium in early June and ordered the seizure of all products already imported from that country, having discovered around 3,000 tons of such products in Russia.

But as Russia did not have the resources to test the products, it refused to lift the ban without Belgium taking back all imported stocks at its own expense and paying compensation to importers.

A Belgian delegation that arrived in Moscow on Monday has since been in talks with the Agriculture Ministry.

Avilov said the Belgian veterinarians had agreed to propose three options to the Belgian firms that had produced and sold meat products and feed suspected of containing dioxin.

"Whichever option is chosen by producers, the Belgian side is to assume all costs," Avilov said.

He said the Belgian authorities were expected to present a plan to Russian veterinary authorities on how to dispose of the imported products.