On August 23 a meeting of the Rosselkhoznadzor representatives with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Paraguay to the Russian Federation Ramon Diaz Pereira was held in Moscow.
The parties discussed a wide range of issues regarding the supply of livestock and plant products from Paraguay to Russia.
The Rosselkhoznadzor notified Ramon Pereira of lifting restrictions on beef supply from two Paraguayan establishments. At the same time he paid special attention to the need to ensure safety of products supplied to Russia by Paraguayan producers.
This is especially important due to repeated detections by the Rosselkhoznadzor of tetracycline residues in Paraguayan beef.
Ramon Pereira said that Paraguay understands the importance of compliance with Russian legislation, as well as the regulation of this issue, taking into account the increasing antimicrobial resistance in the world caused by the active use of such drugs.
The parties agreed to facilitate the establishment of cooperation between the Rosselkhoznadzor- subordinate All-Russia State Center for Quality and Standardization of Animal Drugs and Feed and the scientific institutes of Paraguay for joint work on the study of risks in the field of antibiotic use.
Another topic of the dialogue was the supply of grain and processed products thereof from Paraguay to Russia. It is noted that the annual export of grain products is about 1 million tons. Soybean exports make up the major part of deliveries to Russia.
The Rosselkhoznadzor drew the attention of Ramon Pereira to cases of detection of exceeding levels of glyphosate pesticide in soybean consignments that arrived in Russia from Paraguay in the current year. In this regard, relevant notifications were forwarded to the National Service for Plant and Seed Quality and Health (SENAVE) of the Republic of Paraguay with a request to take measures to guarantee compliance with the Russian legislation in the field of ensuring quality and safety of grain and processed products thereof.
The parties discussed the forthcoming visit of a delegation of Russian specialists to Paraguay to assess the control system of grain exports.