Russia bans beef and cattle imports from Romania

Russia announced on July 1 2014 that it would ban beef and cattle imports from Romania amid fears of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, known as “Mad Cow Disease”, but Romanian authorities responded that there had been only one case discovered, which did not justify the Russian strict measures, which reek more of retribution for Romania’s active role in Moldova’s pro-European course.

Moreover, Russia does not import beef or cattle from Romania, so the measure raised eyebrows in Bucharest. Russian state veterinary agency Roselhoznadzor said in a media statement that a bovine spongiform encephalopathy epidemic had been registered at the International Epizootic Bureau.

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(Photo: (c) Clive Leviev-Sawyer)