Russia's taste for kangaroo bounces back after hygiene scare
( let's not let the chinese be the middle men this time eh??)
KANGAROO is set to bounce back on to Russian dinner tables after a two-year ban on the meat prompted by a hygiene scare, according to the Russian ambassador.
The return of the trade would be a boost for Queensland kangaroo shooters and meat processing facilities, who have suffered badly since the 2009 import ban.
Up to 2000 jobs could be restored, many in Queensland.
Half a dozen factories in the state, including two in Brisbane, have been mothballed since the ban was imposed.
"We hope this will be settled," Vladimir Morozov, Russian ambassador to Australia, told The Courier-Mail.
"In August, Australia made a draft memorandum of understanding that was sent to Moscow. It is now with the Russian quarantine service.
"The details are to be regulated, but it is now with the professionals, who are dealing with the Australian quarantine officials."
The local industry gave a guarded response, saying Australian officials were still struggling to get straight answers from the Russians despite heavyweight political and diplomatic lobbying.
"We don't believe there's any sticking point," said John Kelly, the executive officer of the Kangaroo Industry Association of Australia.
"But AQIS (Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service) doesn't seem to be able to get straight answers from the Russians on what the problem is."
Russian consumers were big fans of Aussie roo meat and accounted for up to half of Australian production.
Mr Morozov said kangaroo was previously sold in Russian restaurants as an "exotic" meat and was also highly prized as a source of concentrated protein in the production of sausages in the east of the country.
But Moscow clamped down after becoming unhappy with the way the meat was handled before export.
Mr Kelly said the kangaroo "take" was now half the pre-ban level, a 25-year low.
The return of the Russian trade would be worth about $2 million a week.
Russian trade representative Yury Aleshin said there had previously been problems with carcasses being left around after the animals had been shot.
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i know a lot of roo shooter's who gonna be real happy with this news , myself included , as the meat roo's i was getting a few years ago all went to russia ( and where all in chiller's within 2 hours i was a night shooter so it was cooler and gave me 6 hours anyway)