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Negotiations between Sergey Dankvert, Head of Rosselkhoznadzor, and Neri Geller, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply of Brazil

The meeting was held at the initiative of the Brazilian party. Neri Geller expressed commitment to solving issues arisen during importation of pork from Brazil into Russia. He emphasized concern due to temporary restrictions recently imposed by the Rosselkhoznadzor on pork imports from two large pig holdings whose products demonstrated ractopamine.

Sergey Dankvert anxiously mentioned repeated detections of ractopamine in Brazilian pork exported into the Russian market that gives rise to doubts in guarantees given by the National Veterinary Service. The Brazilian Veterinary Service should take all efforts to prevent ractopamine introduction and other banned harmful substances in meat products exported into the Russian market. The plants should perform all necessary monitoring tests for compliance with Customs Union requirements. Concern is caused by the fact that the same plants produce both ractopamine-containing and ractopamine-free meat products. Such segregation is not quite efficient.

Neri Geller mentioned that repeated testing of product samples in which the Rosselkhoznadzor had previously recovered ractopamine performed by the Brazilian experts demonstrated no ractopamine. Sergey Dankvert responded that test kits of low sensitivity are used in Brazil for testing. Sergey Dankvert offered to invite Brazilian experts to the Rosselkhoznadzor subordinate All-Russian State Center for Quality and Standardization of Veterinary Drugs and Feed in order to learn current test methods.

Neri Geller proposed to establish a system for continuous interaction between the Rosselkhoznadzor and Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply for rapid response in case of detection of banned and harmful substances in Brazilian meat products exported into Russia.

The parties mentioned mutual commitment to recovery of beef offal exportation from Brazil. Herewith, the Russian party expresses concern about current failure of the Brazilian plants to take necessary measures to ensure offal safety including tests for tuberculosis, brucellosis and other risk factors.

Soon delegation of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply of Brazil will visit Moscow for negotiations with the Rosselkhoznadzor about compliance with the requirement on ractopamine non-use for manufacturing of meat products intended for the Russian market. During the meeting the Brazilian Veterinary Service intends to introduce to the Rosselkhoznadzor a program of specific measures aimed at ensuring safety of exported products.

 

Jul 15, 2014

Categorys: Events , Veterinary , Customs Union , Import. Export. Transit