The guidelines, which will be unveiled Monday, are expected to be related to concerns over the use of the feed additive ractopamine in Canadian livestock.
Ractopamine is used to create lean meat, and has been banned in several countries including South Korea and Taiwan.
Health Canada had approved it is safe for consumption, following a thorough evaluation, including a human health risk assessment.
However, Russia has restricted the import of Canadian meats that contain the additive since December and is anticipated to tighten the regulations further.
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said the government was "disappointed" in Russia for going ahead with these restrictions.
"Our government is disappointed that despite our collaborative efforts, the Russian government is moving forward with this measure not rooted in science," he said in an emailed statement.
"We continue to work aggressively with Canadian industry to restore their access into the important Russian market.”
The Canadian Cattlemen's Association says the new restrictions will likely exclude all Canadian beef from entering Russia.
John Masswohl, the group's director of government and international relations, says since December, Russia has been accepting a "tiny" shipment of ractopamine-free meat from a handful of Canadian plants.
He believes that under the revised rules, Russia will only allow the import of meat that has been certified to be without additives at a Canadian plant that does not use any ractopamine-laced feed.
Masswohl says such a plant does not currently exist.
According to the association, Russia accounted for $15 million of cattle imports from Canada last year — with the majority being liver products.
He says that this isn't a health concern, because the amount of ractopamine being fed to Canadian cattle is well below the internationally-set limit. Masswohl says farmers use this feed to be more efficient, and keep costs down by an average of 20 per cent.
"The truth is that Russia has low meat and livestock prices and they want to prevent meat from being imported. That's what this is about," said Masswohl.
"They need to learn that there's consequences for not playing by the rules, and that may mean a trade dispute, that may mean a process in Geneva, that may mean some kind of international embarrassment."
Jacques Pomerleau, president of Canada Pork International, says the restrictions will mean that pork producers may have to revise their manufacturing standards, if they want to continue to export into Russia.
He said the restrictions will likely name Canadian plants that Russia will no longer accept imports from.
"We don't know yet... which plant would be on the list, what the exact impact will be," Pomerleau said from Ottawa.
"It means that those who wish to export to Russia will have to adapt their production accordingly."
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