The U.S. may be allowed to continue poultry exports to Russia, but will have to review its chlorine treatment technologies in two or three months, a respected Russian business daily said on Wednesday.
The supplies will continue under the previously established quota during a so-called transition period to switch to new chlorine-free poultry treatment technologies, Kommersant said, citing a source close to the talks.
Russia imposed a ban on chlorine-treated U.S. poultry imports as of January 1, citing new safety requirements, a move Washington said would damage the U.S. poultry industry and push prices up for Russian consumers.
Russian and U.S. specialists met in Moscow on Tuesday to discuss the issue. The president of Russia's Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, Alexander Shokhin, said talks may last until the end of the year.
Russia's quota for the United States this year is 600,000 metric tons of poultry. Imports from the U.S., the world's largest poultry producer and exporter, accounted for some 22%, or 750,000 tons, of poultry consumed in Russia last year.
Russian producers and public have long been speculating over the possible dangers of the U.S. product, citing excessive levels of hormones, antibiotics, chlorine and other chemicals.
Moscow will host a second round of poultry talks on January 20-21.
MOSCOW, January 20 (RIA Novosti)