Halal Industry

Saudi lifts temporary ban on Russian imports of beef, sheep, goat, poultry, eggs

| 12 September, 2017
Saudi lifts temporary ban on Russian imports of beef, sheep, goat, poultry, eggs
Photo: Sausages, chicken and other products are seen on sale in the meat section at a grocery store of the food retailer Dixy in Moscow, Russia December 1, 2015. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) has lifted its temporary ban on the import of beef, sheep, goat, poultry, and eggs from Russia following a review of measures taken by Russian authorities to control foot and mouth disease and avian influenza, it announced on its website yesterday. 

According to SFDA its technical committee also considered the Russian authorities' procedures for registration and control of the processing of the affected animals.

Saudi Arabia imported 20.16 billion Saudi riyals ($5.38 billion) worth of live animals and animal products in 2016, according to data from its General Authority for Statistics. However, no data is available for Saudi imports of live animals and animal products from Russia.

The Middle East's biggest economy bought a total of 2.7 billion Saudi riyals worth of imports from Russia in 2016. Barley accounted for 40 percent.

($1 = 3.7501 Saudi riyals)

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