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Russia to allow some U.S. poultry imports

Moscow -- Russia will allow poultry imports from 68 U.S. companies whose production meets Russian requirements, the country's Agriculture Ministry said Monday.

However, a ban will remain in place on 19 other companies that haven't met Russia's sanitation demands, RIA Novosti reported.

Poultry from the United States, about 600,000 tons for 2010, account for nearly 80 percent of poultry imports to Russia, the ministry said.

In January, Russia introduced new sanitary standards, banning the treatment of meat with chloride in a higher concentration than that of drinking water, RIA Novosti said. In June, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and U.S. President Barack Obama agreed to lift the ban, but imports didn't resume immediately because of high concentration of chloride found in U.S. poultry.

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