Russia imposes import ban on Irish offal
Russia has imposed a blanket ban on imports of beef offal from the Republic in a major blow to the industry.
The surprise move to cut off supplies from Irish factories follows a serious of visits from Russian vets to 12 food processing facilities. The Republic exported more than €6.6m (£5.3m) worth of beef offal to Russia last year.
The move comes three months after Russia's ambassador in Dublin said that if Ireland supported sanctions over his country's actions in Ukraine, it would suffer economic consequences.
However, industry sources indicated that they did not think the ban was a politically-motivated move.