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Appeal of the Rosselkhoznadzor to the Veterinary Service of Spain

Nickolay Vlasov, Deputy Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor, addressed a letter to Valentin Almansa de Lara, Director-General of Agricultural Production Health Department, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment of Spain. In the letter attention is in particular drawn to the results of inspections performed by the Rosselkhoznadzor experts on Spanish establishments exporting animal products into the territory of the Customs Union. As agreed with Competent Authorities of Belarus and Kazakhstan the inspection was held from March 3 to March 16, this year. According to the results of preliminary analysis of the information obtained during the inspection it was determined that National Veterinary Service of Spain had not informed the specialists on the inspected establishments of the CU animal health requirements. Reports on establishments’ inspection with respect of their capabilities to comply with the CU and RF animal health requirements were submitted by the Spanish Veterinary Service but they were a mere formality and did not reflect non-compliances of the establishments with the above mentioned requirements. Due to the absence of adequate control from the Spanish Veterinary Authorities, compliance with animal health requirements and regulations of the Customs Union and Russia is not provided on the inspected plants as needed. This is indicative of the fact that the Spanish veterinary and animal food safety control authorities perform unreliable certification of animal products supposed for exportation into Russia. In addition Spanish official veterinarians are generally absent during the product dispatch, laboratory tests of animal products exported into Russia are not performed in full and not for all safety criteria specified by the Customs Union and Russian legislation. Instead of this, tests are performed according to the EU requirements envisaging such maximal admissible levels of prohibited and hazardous substances, which for a number of parameters exceed CU envisaged maximal admissible levels. In particular, sensitivity of the used test systems is not in compliance with the CU standards. During inspections on a number of pork processing establishments it was determined that products from these establishments are subject to injections of salt solutions with colorants. Herewith Spanish Veterinary Service certified such products for exportation to Russia as raw meat and it was noncompliant with the requirements of p.4.7 of the Animal Health Certificate for “pork meat and raw pork products exported into the Russian Federation from the European Union”.

All recovered non-compliances are indicative of the lack of proper measures implemented by the Spanish veterinary control authorities in order to provide adequate safety during animal product exportation into Russia. This suggests formality of their guaranties by right of which over 80% of Spanish establishment were entered in the List of third country establishments approved for exportation their products into Russia and subsequently into the territory of the Customs Union. In this respect and with due account of the fact that the majority of the Spanish establishments are noncompliant with the requirements of the Customs Union and Russia, Nickolay Vlasov proposed Valentin Almansa de Lara to discuss the current situation. Subsequent to the results of the discussion it is also proposed to take measures in order to provide safe supplies of animal products compliant with the CU and RF requirements to the territory of the Customs Union. Herewith, in view of high risk of importation of animal products noncompliant with animal health requirements into Russia from Spain as well as in view of insufficiency of the guaranties provided by the Spanish Veterinary Service, the Rosselkhoznadzor considered it necessary to impose from March 29, 2013 temporary restrictions on supplies from Spain of chilled meat which as has high risk level and enters directly to the outlet chain. 

Mar 22, 2013

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