The address, in particular, states that the Danish
Veterinary Service is seriously concerned about temporary restrictions on pork
supplies from Europe imposed by Russia. “We are keeping track of the Russian-EU
talks but unfortunately no decision has been made yet. It appears that in this
connection we should involve a bilateral approach to resume trade in live pigs
between Denmark and Russia”, the letter further states.
A set of preventive protective measures aimed at eliminating
risk of the agent introduction to Denmark is described in the letter. “The
Danish system is a closed one and based on the OIE standards. Danish plants
authorized for export to Russia have the highest biosafety level according to
the OIE standards”.
A list of closed type slaughterhouses with owned farms is
attached to the letter. These slaughterhouses are already approved for export
“As we do not expect any progress in the talks between
Russia and European Union on supplies of pork and breeding animals in the near
future, we ask you to consider if it is possible to sign a separate certificate
for pork and breeding animal supplies from Denmark and Russia for the period
required for settling the problem”, the address reads.
The Rosselkhoznadzor has already been approached with
similar request from the Netherlands, France, Italy, and Belgium. These
requests confirm the reasonability of the Rosselkhoznadzor’s proposal to resume
the supplies from the countries which are the most distant from the disease
outbreaks in the EU territory followed by the arrangement of mutually accepted
regionalization in other EU members provided food products are supplied from
the plants with high biosecurity level.
Despite a very strong interest of separate EU members in
exporting their pork products to the CU countries and readiness of their
Veterinary Services to provide additional safety guarantees as regards such
products, the European Commission is standing by its guns to prevent such
outcome preferring to “solve” the problem by political pressure or by filing a
complaint to the WTO. In this respect the Rosselkhoznadzor considers necessary
to once again emphasize that biosafety issues can be settled only by mutually
acceptable solutions offered by competent government authorities.
As regards certification of products regulated by the state veterinary
service the issue can be considered at the nearest meeting of the Eurasian
Economic Commission. The European Commission has not applied to the Eurasian
Economic Commission to agree new veterinary certificate for pork product