1 Aug 2009

Ban on kangaroo meat by Russia

1:00 pm on 1 August 2009

A ban of imports of kangaroo meat from Australia comes into effect in Russia on 1 August.

Russia has been Australia's biggest market for exports of kangaroo meat, taking about 70% of what is produced.

But a government agency that supervises imports has banned all roo meat, citing the detection of bacteria in a number of shipments.

The ABC reports the exports are worth $A270 million annually.

A rural lobby organisation, AgForce, says the ban will see kangaroo numbers explode.