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Rosselkhoznadzor Held Telephone Talks with Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan

The sides noted the high level of mutual relations built between the two authorities. For instance, 9 telephone conferences, several personal meetings as well as mutual inspections took place over the last two years.

The Rosselkhoznadzor expressed its readiness to receive the Japanese experts led by the Deputy Minister of Agriculture in Russia as it had been agreed within the framework of the meeting held by Deputy Minister of Agriculture of Russia Yevgeny Gromyko during the Green Week — 2018 Exhibition in Berlin.

The parties elaborated on the opportunity of authorizing mutual poultry product supplies. The Rosselkhoznadzor expressed its strong wish to accelerate the processes. It was noted that it was the second time that the Russian party received additional questions from the Japanese colleagues and it hoped for an early resolution to the issue.

The Japanese side informed the Rosselkhoznadzor that the relevant departments of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries had initiated risk assessment as regards Russian beef supplies to Japan. The process includes series of stages the first of which is sending a questionnaire to the Rosselkhoznadzor. The Japanese colleagues promised to do it in the nearest future.

In 2017 in the course of the visit to Russia the Japanese experts examined the epidemic situation as regards ASF and foot-and-mouth disease. In this vein the Japanese colleagues emphasized that on the basis of regionalization implemented in Russia cattle meat supplies were considered possible after the risk assessment procedure had been completed. Therefore the Japanese colleagues will expect the Rosselkhoznadzor to submit the list of regions free from cattle diseases.

The situation related to pork supplies is more complicated due to the spread of such diseases as ASF and CSF in the Russian Federation. However, the parties agreed that the issue of pork supplies to Japan would be addressed alongside with other issues.

During the dialogue the results of the inspection of Japanese establishments interested in beef export to the Russian market performed by the Russian specialists were discussed. It was noted that the Rosselkhoznadzor had to translate the previously requested materials into Russian. In this respect the final report will be finished only after the analysis of the translated materials has been completed. The Rosselkhoznadzor also addressed the Japanese colleagues with a request to consider the possibility of easing requirements for treatment of hay and fodder intended for export to Japan. According to the current rules such treatment is very expensive and labour consuming and it places in question the economic feasibility of this product export from Russia to Japan. The parties decided to discuss this issue in detail in person.

When discussing the opportunity of authorizing Japanese organic fertilizer export to Russia the Rosselkhoznadzor informed the colleagues that the issue was under consideration by the EAEU. The Japanese party also voiced their wish to lift the ban from fish product and seafood export from Japan. In this context it was mentioned that the FSVPS had already approved export from 23 establishments of one of the Japanese provinces in 2016. And in March 2017 the Japanese colleagues were informed that the previous conditions of product export from those establishments were cancelled providing compulsory laboratory tests for radionuclides. Herewith, it was stressed that in the present time export of fish products and seafood was performed on a limited scale. Exported consignments are subject to laboratory monitoring on a random basis. As soon as the monitoring results are analyzed the Rosselkhoznadzor will be ready to consider lifting ban from other regions of Japan. Besides, it was noted that in March of the previous year basing on the results of the analysis of the Japanese party’s answers to the questionnaire on fish products and seafood the Russian party had requested to submit additional information and an updated list of establishments interested in export of fish products and seafood to Russia and complying with the EAEU requirements, but no reply had yet been received.

Feb 2, 2018