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Russia Restricts Import of U.S. Poultry Citing 'Harmful' Substances

Meat goods are on sale at a grocery store in Moscow.

Russia's Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Service, or VPSS, said on Thursday that it was implementing temporary restrictions on imports of poultry and poultry products from the United States because of "harmful residues."

The service said the imports limit is to come into effect as of Dec. 5 and was due to "the ongoing identification of harmful residues and banned substances in U.S. poultry products, including the presence of tetracycline."

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