Russia may extend its ban on U.S. poultry beyond today’s deadline because it has yet to receive evidence that the United States has fulfilled its part of a deal reached last week on defusing the trade dispute.

Last week, U.S. and Russian agriculture officials reached a deal under which the ban was to be lifted by April 10, and in exchange, the United States was to provide the Russian Agriculture Ministry a report on its implementation of the agreement’s conditions, including tougher controls on veterinary documents and measures against companies that exported salmonella-tainted chicken to Russia.

While Russia and the United States go back and forth, the head of the Russian parliament’s agriculture committee said the conditions imposed on U.S. producers weren’t strict enough and the Russian government should encourage domestic producers instead of relying on importers.

The Russian embargo of U.S. poultry has led to increase supplies of poultry going to U.S. retail outlets. This glut of poultry, along with the accompanying low prices, has been stiff competition for U.S. pork. U.S. pork packers were struggling somewhat to move pork products, which has led to some of the low hog prices.

Source: The MeatingPlace.com