CHICAGO, Aug 24 (Reuters) - USA Poultry and Egg Export Council on Tuesday assured Russia that U.S. poultry is safe and not affected by the salmonella outbreak that has forced the recall of more than a half billion U.S. table eggs.
"The poultry meat and egg segments of the U.S. poultry industry are completely separate entities. The products never come in contact with each other and are produced at separate facilities remotely located from one another, which fully excludes any possibility of cross-contamination," USAPEEC President Jim Sumner said in a statement to Russia.
USAPEEC's response was in reaction to an Interfax report on Tuesday in which Russia's food safety watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor said it sought information on the egg recall and that the recall could be a potential obstacle to U.S. poultry meat exports to Russia.
USAPEEC is the trade association of the U.S. poultry and egg industry that is dedicated to increasing exports of U.S. poultry and eggs worldwide.
Russia just recently began accepting U.S. poultry after banning the product for much of the year because a chlorine disinfectant used here violated its food safety policy. U.S. producers shipping to Russia now use a different disinfectant. (Reporting by Bob Burgdorfer; Editing by Marguerita Choy)
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