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Thursday, 29 August, 2002, 06:42 GMT 07:42 UK
Moscow mayor defies US chicken deal
US chicken on sale in Moscow
Russia is the biggest export market for US chicken
US poultry firm bosses bragging over a resumption of exports to Russia may have been crowing at a false dawn.

For less than a week after Russia agreed to lift import restrictions on US chicken, Moscow's mayor has vowed to fight the move.

Yuri Luzhkov, mayor of Moscow
Yuri Luzhkov: US farming methods can lead to obesity
Speaking on a tour of Russia's Altay republic, north of Kazakhstan, Yuri Luzhkov said he remained fearful over the safety of US chicken.

"It is deplorable that the Russian Agriculture and Public Health Ministries took an official decision to permit sales [US] poultry on the Russian market again," Mr Luzhkov said, according a report by Russia's Tass news agency.

Growing sector

Russia has represented US poultry farmers' biggest export market, growing to $630m (414m) a year a little over a decade after trade barriers were removed amid Russia's post-communist reforms.

The growth in the market has been fuelled by the cheaper price of US imports compared with domestically reared chickens.

And the most popular cuts, chicken thighs, have been dubbed "Bush's legs" by Russians after the current US president's father, who was in office when American imports began to flood the market.

Lab findings

But trade was halted in March when Russia's governemnt imposed an import ban in March over concerns of levels of antibiotics and salmonella in US chickens.

Further concerns have been raised over the use of genetically modifed foodstuffs, and of chlorine in meat processing.

US and Russian officials appeared a few days ago to have agreed on new veterinary certificates to enable poultry imports to resume.

But Mr Luzhkov's comments have thrown doubt over whether the key market of Moscow will agree to lower its trade barriers.

The mayor said he had turned down a demand from the US ambassador to Russia, Alexander Vershbow, to let US poultry products back into Moscow.

Russian researchers have found that biological stimulators used by US farmers promote obesity and rlated medical problems, Mr Luzhkov said.

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