Russia eases ban on kangaroo meat imports

Russia eases ban on kangaroo meat imports

Russia eases ban on kangaroo meat imports

Updated 10 December 2012, 7:48 AEST

Australia's largest kangaroo meat supplier has been given permission to resume exports to Russian after a four-year ban.

About four years ago, Russia cited high levels of bacterial contamination as the reason for a temporary ban on kangaroo meat imports from Australia.

Now Adelaide-based processor Macro has been given permission to resume exports by the Russian quarantine authority.

The move follows years of government and industry lobbying to have the ban lifted, as the suspensions wiped out more than half of the $120 million export industry.

A Russian delegation has been in Australia for the past three weeks examining meat processing and the industry is hoping that the ban on nine other kangaroo processors will also be lifted.

If that happens, industry insiders estimate there could be a $200 million boost to kangaroo meat exports.

Macro Meats manager Ray Borda says it is a turning point for the multi-million dollar industry.

"I think what they want to do is just start it and see how it goes and then gradually let more in depending on how we perform," he said.

"There's a lot of weight on our shoulders to do the right thing."