Bloomberg reports, Russia said yesterday it may ban imports of
chicken from the U.S. and fruit from Europe and is investigating McDonald's
cheese for safety. In addition, a Russian lawmaker has drafted
legislation that might result in U.S. accounting firms being barred from doing
business in his country. All of this is odd given Jack "trust me" Lew's
reassurance that Russian sanctions would have no impact on the US economy.
Russia's response, US will feel
'tangible losses' from 'destructive, myopic'
As Bloomberg reports, while Russia and the U.S. have long sparred over agricultural trade, the actions fueled speculation they could be retaliatory.
Russia's food safety agency said it may ban imports of U.S. poultry and some European fruit due to contamination of the products, according Bloomberg BNA, citing Russian state media. The food safety agency, known as Rosselkhoznadzor, also said it will examine suppliers of McDonald's cheese for their use of antibiotics.
Russia was the second-largest market, after Mexico, for U.S. chicken last year, according to the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council. The U.S. exported about $309 million worth of broiler chickens to Russia last year, according to the council.