Russia's chief veterinarian Mikhail Kravchuk remained firm on the European meat ban earlier this week, stating that imports may only resume 21 days after the last outbreak of foot and mouth is recorded, and then only on a case by case basis. Kravchuk explained that Russian scientists believed that 21 days is a safe limit because it is the incubation period for the disease. He added, however that imports from Britain would take longer to be cleared than goods from other countries such as France, Ireland and the Netherlands.