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Philippines to supply Russia with crocodile meat

October 09, 2014, 19:19 UTC+3 MOSCOW

This could become one of alternatives to banned meat imports from the US, the European Union, Australia, Canada and Norway following sanctions imposed on Russia in connection with situation in Ukraine

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MOSCOW, October 9. /TASS/. Russia has permitted supplies of frozen crocodile meat from a farm in the Philippines, the country's veterinary regulator said on Thursday.

The veterinary and phytosanitary service Rosselkhoznadzor said that it considered a request by the Philippines' Department of Agriculture and decided to include the Philippines' largest commercial crocodile farm, Coral Agri-Venture Farm Inc., in the list of the companies which are allowed to sell their produce to Russia and its Customs Union with Belarus and Kazakhstan, after receiving approval from its partners.

According to the federal customs service, the Philippines has never supplied crocodile meat to Russia before.

Russia banned imports of meat, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetables from the United States, the 28-nation European Union, Australia, Canada and Norway for one year at the start of August, retaliating for sanctions imposed by those nations over events in Ukraine.

Since then, Russia has been in talks with Latin and South American countries, the Middle East and Asia to replace prohibited produce.

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