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Bulgaria will control the import of Polish poultry more strictly, said the head of the association of Bulgarian poultry companies, Daniel Bożankow. “We expect questionable batches to be detained,” said the producer. According to local media, in 2019 alone, over 100 tons of such contaminated meat entered the Bulgarian market. The situation was similar and in 2020, several parties were also detained this year.

Such decisions were made after long negotiations, following complaints from Bulgarian producers that Polish chicken meat is of dubious quality, often infected with salmonella, which is offered at dumped prices, Bożankow said on Saturday.

After lengthy negotiations, Bulgarian poultry producers are expected to receive 3 million levs (1.5 million euros) of additional financial aid, which is to partially compensate for the 70% increase in feed prices during the Covid-19 crisis.

Poultry meat from Poland will be more strictly controlled

– The most important agreement with the ministry, however, concerns increased control of poultry meat imports from Poland – he stressed. This import has been causing problems on the Bulgarian market for years, hundreds of tons of low-quality meat, contaminated with salmonella, have been introduced to Bulgaria, said Bożankov. In his opinion, the problem for Bulgaria is the practical lack of veterinary border control. “Every now and then this control tightens and then relaxes again, there is no explanation as to why,” he added.

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– The Ministry of Agriculture undertook to introduce intensified monitoring of imports from Poland from Monday. We expect questionable batches to be detained – stated the producer.

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In recent years, the Bulgarian media, citing the food safety agency, reported that numerous batches of Polish poultry meat contaminated with salmonella were suspended and sent for destruction. Each time, the Bulgarian side informed the Polish authorities and the EU Early Warning System for Food and Feed (RASFF).

According to local media, in 2019 alone, over 100 tons of such contaminated meat entered the Bulgarian market. The situation was similar and in 2020, several parties were also detained this year.

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