Rosselkhoznadzor, Russia's agricultural watchdog, has announced a group of inspectors from the European Union arrived in Russia in early October to inspect various poultry processing facilities, farms and laboratories.

The facilities are located in the Moscow, Omsk and Belgorod regions, as well as in Tatarstan, with most of them interested in exporting their products to the EU. The inspectors are scheduled to leave Russia October 16. Russian poultry meat production has shown large year-on-year increases in recent years.

Rosselkhoznadzor has also announced temporary restrictions on the import of live poultry, eggs, poultry products, poultry feed and equipment from the Valparaiso, Coquimbo and O'Higgins regions in Chile from September 25. This follows the detection of H5N1 and H5N7 viruses at two turkey farms in the Valparaiso region, said the watchdog.