A meeting between representatives of the Rosselkhoznadzor and EC Directorate General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) was held in Moscow on March 29, 2019. The outcomes of the audit of effectiveness of measures taken for ensuring safety of animal products supplied to the European Union carried out by the EC experts in March 18-29, 2019 were discussed at the meeting.
The DG SANTE experts visited Moscow, Saint Petersburg as well as the Moscow, Belgorod, Voronezh Oblasts and Krasnodar Krai in two weeks. The inspectors assessed measures taken to correct non-compliances detected in the system of veterinary control of the establishments intending to export their dairy products and casings to the EU during the previous audit (March 2018). The major non-compliances were as follows: insufficient regional Veterinary Services performance and insufficient traceability during animal product manufacturing and transportation.
The DG SANTE experts noted some progress based on this year audit outcomes. The inspectors indicated that the traceability system has become more transparent at all production stages owing to obligatory electronic certification introduced last year.
Furthermore, auditors have noted that the inspected Russian establishments are fully fitted with modern equipment.
Inspectors reminded the recommendation on training of the Rosselkhoznadzor Territorial Administration, regional Veterinary Service as well as establishment staff members in the EU requirements for imported products given after the last audit. This year the DG SATE experts made sure that such seminars were carried out in Russian regions. However, the auditors have found that staff-members of the Veterinary Services in some regions are not fully aware of the relevant requirements namely standards for of milk and dairy product heat treatment.
Therewith, the inspectors were in general satisfied with the relevant knowledge of the Rosselkhoznadzor staff.
The inspectors informed that they would fully analyze the audit findings and provide the Russian part with the report at the end of April.
The Rosselkhoznadzor officials thanked the auditors for their visit to Russia and noted that they would implement all recommendations provided by the European Commission upon the final report receipt. The Russian part expressed the hope that some Russian establishments would be re-authorized for export of their products to the European Union.