Head of Rosselkhoznadzor Sergey Dankvert held talks with Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Belarus, Director of Department for Veterinary and Food Surveillance Ivan Smilgin.
The parties pointed out positive dynamics of the work done by the two state bodies to boost exports of animal products from Belarus to Russia. Thus, the Republic of Belarus accounts for 86% of total Russian imports of dairy products.
Considering that the Rosselkhoznadzor is assigned with a task to open new markets for exports of Russian agricultural products, the Service is undertaking wide-scale work to acquire international statuses for a number of animal diseases. The recognition of such statuses comes with a vast list of criteria and requirements to the applying country. Currently, the Russian Federation is undergoing the procedure to get an official status of the World Organisation for Animal Health (hereinafter - OIE) as a country with a controlled risk of bovine spongiform encephalopathy. In this relation, according to the recommendations of the OIE experts the Rosselkhoznadzor is obliged to impose restrictions starting from 4 April 2019 on imports to the country (in this case to Russia) of bone-in beef and live cattle from countries without an official OIE status for the disease. Sergey Dankvert informed Smilgin of that during talks.
The Rosselkhoznadzor also informed the colleagues of the Service’s plans to scrutinize illegal transit of powdered milk together with with fiscal authorities.
Another major point of the dialogue related to the need to urgently fill up the existing legislative gaps at the level of the Eurasian economic commission. It was noted that not once the Rosselkhoznadzor drew the attention of Minister for Technical Regulation Viktor Nazarenko to the articulated problematic aspects which hamper dynamic development of trade relations between the EAEU Member States.
Upon the results of the negotiations and based on the provided materials on investigations and corrected non-compliances and against the guarantees of the Department for Veterinary and Food Surveillance of the Republic of Belarus, the Rosselkhoznadzor decided to lift restrictions on exports from Belarus to Russia of the following:
- dried dairy products produced by OAO “Babushkina Krynka”, managing company of “Mogilyovskaya molochnaya kompaniya “Babushkina Krynka” holding;
- butter produced by OAO “Verkhnedvinsky maslosyrzavod”.
Exports of the above-mentioned products produced after 30 March will take place under enhanced laboratory control and accompanied with electronic certificates.
Besides, the Rosselkhoznadzor negotiated that the Department for Veterinary and Food Surveillance of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of the Republic of Belarus would lift restrictions on exports of poultry meat from OAO “Aleksandriiskoye” establishment also under condition of shipments of the products under enhanced laboratory control.
The Rosselkhoznadzor also informed the Belarusian colleagues of the decision taken earlier by the Service to impose restrictions on exports from two Belarusian establishments due to non-compliance revealed earlier:
1. Production site Polessky of OAO “Milkavita” – reoccurring detection of natamycin in cheese;
2. PUP “Brestskiye traditsii” - reoccurring detection of coccidiostats (dinitrocarbanilide) in sausage products (3 cases).