Russia has gained permission to supply poultry meat to the European Union after passing European Commission quality and production safety tests, according to Russian agriculture watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor.

The group has been carrying out efforts to establish a system for monitoring the safety of production in poultry companies interested in exports to the EU for several months. "The results of the check show that Russia's veterinary authorities can ensure that the guarantees they provide in relation to EU regulations on exports to its territory of poultry meat and poultry meat products are implemented," said the watchdog.

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According to the Russian Poultry Union, Russia could increase poultry product exports to 0.5 million metric tons by 2020. Exports should reach 50,000 metric tons in 2012, compared to 40,000 metric tons in 2011. In addition, Russia may export over 75 million eggs by the end of 2012.