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Russia bans kangaroo meat due to unacceptable levels of E.coli 

ABC Rural  By Virginia Tapp
 Updated about 3 hours ago
Mon 18 Aug 2014, 2:16pm

    A red kangaroo sits next to a paddock fenceline. height=227 Photo: Kangaroo harvesters say the latest ban will impact jobs, and the ability to control kangaroo populations in outback Queensland.  (ABC News: Giulio Saggin, file photo)     

Russia has once again banned imports of kangaroo meat due to unacceptable levels of E.coli bacteria

The kangaroo meat trade to Russia was initially suspended back in 2008, and then reopened in November 2012.

The most recent ban was put in place in May this year, but Fiona Corke from the Australian Society for Kangaroos says this information was never made public.

"No politician has come forward and said anything, the kangaroo industry hasn't come forward and said anything, and we think the public has a right to know.
"Kangaroo meat is marketed to them as being a healthy superfood, yet we have a country that doesn't want to buy it any more because they've found excessive amounts of bacterial contamination."

The managing director of Macro Meats, which was the sole supplier of kangaroo meat to Russia, says the company is working to reopen the kangaroo meat trade.

Ray Borda says Russia was using the wrong testing standards for kangaroo meat.

"Every shipment is tested before it leaves and we found nothing wrong with it whatsoever, but on further investigation we found out they were using the wrong testing protocols.

"We've had an EU audit in the meantime which we passed with flying colours, so the Russians are considering taking our meat again."

Mr Borda says political tensions with Russia impacted the trade long before the MH17 disaster.

"I don't believe personally that there was an issue at all. It's just been caught up with other issues in Russia. In March you had the hormone claims, and then all of a sudden they had issues with the kangaroo meat.

"Clearly the Russians are making a statement."

The Federal Minister for Trade Andrew Robb has been contacted for comment.

A spokesman from the Federal Department of Agriculture says the department provided a report on the incident to Russia in late June 2014, and is now awaiting a response from the Russian authorities.

The suspension of the kangaroo meat trade to Russia will also cause major headaches for Australian farmers and kangaroo harvesters.

Kangaroo export markets generate demand for the meat, creating incentive for harvesters, who then help landholders control the vast kangaroo population in outback Australia.

Western Queensland kangaroo harvester Graham Mackney says harvesters were not formally notified of the ban.

"We all found out by word of mouth."

He says another ban due to high levels of E.coli looks bad for the industry.

"If it was E.coli again we really have to start looking at where and why this problem keeps happening and put prevention measures in place."
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