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The Forthcoming Visit of the Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Sergey Dankvert to Brussels

Sergey Dankvert will hold the negotiations with the Director General of the EU Health and Consumer Protection Directorate General Paola Testori Coggi in the course of his visit to Brussels on October 23-24, 2010.

The results of the mutual inspections performed this year at plants manufacturing products subject to state veterinary surveillance and issues concerning the system of safety assurance of products of animal products exported from the EU Countries to the market of Russia/Customs Union will be discussed in the course of the meeting.

The Rosselkhoznadzor expresses deep concern over the considerable disparity existing in mutual supplies of food products. For the moment, 4762 EU plants have been approved for export to Russia and only 403 Russian plants can export to European countries. Since 2004, the Rosselkhoznadzor has performed 51 inspection missions in the European Union whereas the Food and Veterinary Office of the European Commission has delegated only 13 mission teams to Russia.

1487 European meat processing plants have been approved for export and only three Russian plants have been approved for export to the EU Countries and for each nine Russian milk processing plants there are 1135 EU plants. In spite of the fact that 391 Russian fish processing plants have been approved for export to the European Union, there is still a disparity in this field as fish products are imported to Russia from 822 European plants.

In addition, 812 EU plants have been approved for export to the Russian market and 506 feed producing European plants export their products to Russia, but no such Russian plants export their products to the European Union.

The inspections carried out at 134 plants of several EU Countries jointly with veterinary services of these countries exporting their products to Russia showed that 74 plants did not comply with the requirements of the Russian legislation for safety assurance of the manufactured products. These results and the results of the monitoring studies for safety of products coming from the European Union that were the reason for imposing of temporary restrictions on export from 103 plants make us have doubts about the effectiveness of the guarantees concerning these plants provided by the veterinary services of exporting countries.

Nov 13, 2010

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