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Russia restricts Australian beef imports due to presence of stimulant

Published on Apr 1, 2014 4:14 PM

MOSCOW (REUTERS) - Russia is restricting imports of Australian beef due to the presence of the stimulant Trenbolone, the state veterinary and phytosanitary service (VPSS) said on Tuesday.

Limits on chilled beef from Australia were imposed on March 31, while frozen beef imports will be restricted from April 7, VPSS spokesman Alexei Alekseenko told Reuters.

"Basically this will mean restrictions on all (beef) imports (from Australia)," Alekseenko said, adding that Russia would accept supplies which were already on their way.

Alekseenko did not provide further details on the restrictions, nor on how long they might last.

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