Today, the Russian veterinary service has introduced a ban on beef imports from Canada due to a case of mad cow disease in this country, the veterinary department of the Russian Agriculture Ministry reported. The ban covers imports of cattle, meat and other raw products received from cattle. It was also forbidden to import food additives, which include processed cattle protein.
The ban was imposed after the Canadian veterinary service had officially confirmed the case. The term of the ban has not been reported so far. However, the Agriculture Ministry accepts the possibility that imports of boneless beef, as the virus is mainly preserved in meat on bones, will be allowed in the near future if Canada take measures against the spread of this disease.