Russia has agreed to lift its ban on imports of U.S. poultry. The announcement was made by President Obama during a joint press conference with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Washington.
Russia had imposed a ban Jan. 1 on all imports of poultry treated with chlorine, effectively barring those shipped by U.S. exporters. Russia was formerly the largest foreign market for U.S. chicken
"We have reached an agreement that will allow the United States to begin exporting our poultry products to Russia once again," Obama was quoted as saying in a report by Bloomberg.
The news drew applause from industry groups including the National Turkey Federation. "The poultry industry has long emphasized that internationally recognized scientific methodology has proven U.S. poultry processing practices are safe and that the trade restrictions are unwarranted," the group said in a statement.