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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Dioxin Ban Extended on Belgian Food

Russia has extended a ban on the import of Belgian poultry, meat and dairy products because Brussels couldn't provide assurances that new shipments wouldn't be contaminated with dioxin, an official said Wednesday.

"We have sent several inquiries to Belgium, but none of them has produced a coherent answer," Russian's chief veterinary official, Vyacheslav Avilov was quoted as saying by Itar-Tass.

The announcement follows the lifting of a ban Tuesday on the import of livestock fodder from France and the Netherlands after receiving assurances that the feed wasn't tainted with carcinogen dioxin.

Russia had instituted the ban because it feared that the French and Dutch feed had been produced in Belgium, where fodder was found to contain dioxin.

Avilov said authorities have traced all Belgian products in Russia before the ban. Some 3,000 tons of poultry and port were recalled, Itar-Tass reported.