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Rosselkhoznadzor Detects Export of Non-Identified Food Products into the Territory of Eurasian Economic Community

As it is known after Russia imposed its retaliatory sanctions against several Western countries the volumes and frequency of food product smuggling into the Russian market have significantly grown.

In general the said products are exported through the western external border of the Eurasian Economic Community from the European Union countries accompanied with fake or falsified documents with a factual connivance both of the exporting countries’ national agencies and European competent authorities. In order to increase the safety level of exported Icelandic fish products the Rosselkhoznadzor made an agreement with the Icelandic Veterinary Service that from March 1, 2015 the regulated Icelandic products shall be exported into the Customs Union only after the notification about the shipment of such consignments is sent electronically. Moreover the notification shall contain the copies of the veterinary certificates. The consignments arriving at the BIPs without such a notification and original veterinary certificates shall be returned to the consignor. The Rosselkhoznadzor immediately informed the Department of Veterinary and Food Surveillance under the Belarusian Ministry of Agriculture about the agreement made. Notwithstanding this fact, federal national information system Argus demonstrated that 16 consignments of allegedly Icelandic fish products were imported into Belarus with the permission of the Belarusian Veterinary Services even in the absence of preliminary notifications from the Icelandic Veterinary Authority. The Rosselkhoznadzor also informed the Department of Veterinary and Food Surveillance under the Belarusian Ministry of Agriculture about the analogous agreement with the Swiss Veterinary Service and about the fact that from February 7, 2015 Swiss veterinary commodities are allowed to be imported into the Customs Union only if preliminary notifications containing scanned copies of the veterinary certificates for each consignment are sent. And in this case Argus again demonstrated the violation of the agreements made. The Belarusian Veterinary Service permitted the import of four pig fat consignments destined for Belarusian consignees notwithstanding the absence of preliminary notifications from the Swiss veterinary authority. It was established that Icelandic and Swiss Veterinary Services had not issued any veterinary certificates for the consignments of regulated products permitted to be imported into Belarus and the documents presented at the border of the Eurasian Economic Community were falsified. Thus notwithstanding the reached agreements the system controlling the authenticity of the documents accompanying high risk products at the external border of the Eurasian Economic Community doesn’t prevent the entrance, processing and marketing of products of unknown origin in its territory. The circulation of regulated products of unknown origin made of non-identified raw materials under unknown conditions, without any data about the storage place and periods is fundamentally inconsistent with the OIE principles and prohibited by the legislation of the Eurasian Economic Community, Belarus and Russia. Such circulation does not only pose risks for consumers’ health but also increases the risks of dangerous disease spread dramatically. For example pig fat imported to Belarus as a Swiss one could have been produced in Poland or Baltic countries affected by African swine fever.

 

Jul 6, 2015

Categorys: Information system ARGUS , Import. Export. Transit