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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Outlaws Belgian Chicken

Russia has set a temporary ban on imports of poultry meat from Belgium after chicken and egg stocks from some farms were found to contain the cancer-causing chemical, dioxin, Russia's chief veterinarian said Monday.

"I have signed an order to stop all Belgian poultry meat imports, which have been sent to customs points," said Vyatcheslav Avilov, head of the veterinary department at the food and agriculture ministry.

He said that last Friday, after the ministry received the news from Belgium, he ordered the storage of all imported Belgian poultry meat in special deposits until further notice.

The ministry, via the Belgian Embassy, has also requested official clarification of the issue and asked for the suspension of exports of chicken and eggs to Russia, he said.

A European Union official in Brussels said the EU was mulling a ban on sales of chicken and eggs produced in Belgium after the government order the withdrawal of all domestically produced stock from shops to prevent dioxin poisoning.