In 2013, Russia banned imports of turkey from the U.S. because of concerns about the use of the feed additive ractopamine. The ban included U.S. turkey meat, as well as finished products containing turkey meat.
Throughout the years, Russia has imposed several bans on agricultural products from the U.S.
Last week, Russia banned imports of U.S. corn and soybeans over what it called “unsafe” and “infected” product. Russian officials have expressed “serious concern over continued shipments of grain product that is unsafe,” according to Rosselkhoznadzor, Russia’s federal service for veterinary and phytosanitary surveillance. On Rosselkhoznadzor’s website, it says the U.S. has “not taken any measures to prevent export of corn and soybean consignments infested with quarantine pests.” It says it is taking the measures to “protect the Russian territory from quarantine pest introduction and spread from the USA.”
In 2014, Russia implemented trade restrictions on imports of U.S. poultry, which coincided with Russian President Vladimir Putin signing a decree that places restrictions on imports of agricultural products from countries that had imposed economic sanctions on Russia as a result of the conflict in Ukraine.
In the case of the 2013 turkey ban, Russia previously had also banned imports of U.S. beef and pork because of concerns over ractopamine.
Russia will soon ban imports of U.S. turkey because of concerns about the use of the feed additive ractopamine, according to the country's Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Inspection Service. The ban includes U.S. turkey meat, as well as finished products containing turkey meat. The service will impose a temporary ban, effective February 11.