WASHINGTON – On Dec. 21, Russia’s Ministry of Justice registered Rospotrebnadzor’s Amendment Number 21, which imposes additional restrictions on the use of frozen poultry meat for further processing, according to a December 29 Foreign Agricultural Service GAIN Report from Moscow, states the Jan. 7 edition of the National Chicken Council’s Washington Report.

Instead of restricting all frozen poultry meat for human consumption or for further processing which was originally proposed by the Russian Ministry of Health, Russia’s new requirements will limit its prohibition on the use of frozen poultry meat for further processing to the following: Baby food; dietetic nutrition (invalid and protective diets); specialized food products for pregnant and nursing women; delicacies (pastrami, jerky, and smoked-dried products); chilled, natural half-finished products; and food products not thermally processed.

The new restrictions became effective on Jan.1. On Jan. 1, 2010, Russia had imposed a prohibition against using frozen poultry in manufacturing baby food, dietetic, nutrition, and specialized food products for pregnant and nursing women.