Russia may suspend imports of meat from European Union

Fri, Feb 22, 2013, 00:00

Russia may suspend imports of meat from European Union countries because of the horse meat scandal.

Gennady Onishchenko, Russia’s chief sanitary official, told Ekho Moskvy radio that he had sent a letter to the European Commission requesting that he be given a guarantee that meat products sold to Russia did not contain horse meat.

Mr Onishchenko said that Russia would have to temporarily suspend meat imports from EU states if the union failed to provide the assurances. He also called on Russians to choose locally produced meat.

Meanwhile, burgers containing horse meat have been discovered at three agricultural college campuses in Northern Ireland.

The burgers had been supplied to Eurest outlets that supply Greenmount, Enniskillen and Loughry campuses. Eurest’s parent body, Compass, has withdrawn the burgers.

Burgers containing horse meat had been supplied to the Eurest outlets at Greenmount and Loughry campuses.