Moscow will not lift the bans they have placed on U.S. meat imports any time soon Russian officials said late last week claiming that Washington has yet to supply sufficient data, according to a report by Reuters.

"Unfortunately, the American side has not yet provided sufficient data," Sergei Dankvert, head of Russia's food safety watchdog, was quoted as saying.

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, who visited Russia last week, expressed hopes that Moscow would soon remove the bans. Dankvert said documentation from the United States is necessary to lift the bans.

Meanwhile, Russia has lifted its ban on beef and poultry from California but maintains a ban on the state's fresh and frozen pork instituted amid the outbreak of H1N1 influenza. Meanwhile, Moscow has also stopped imports of pork from two Tyson Foods' plants.

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Source: Meatingplace.com