Rosselkhoznadzor - Events Rosselkhoznadzor - Events en Rosselkhoznadzor 2007 - 2009 (Web Admin) (Web Admin) Sergey Dankvert Discussed Issues of Mutual Trade with European Counterparts

The meeting was held on the margins of the 83rd International Trade Fair for Food Industry, Horticulture, Agriculture and Forestry «Green Week — 2018» in Berlin. The Russian side at the negotiations was headed by Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Sergey Dankvert. The European delegation was represented by Director of the Directorate for Food Chain: Stakeholders and International Relations, Michael Scannell, Director of the Directorate for Nutrition, Livestock and Plants, Bernard Van Goethem and other representatives of the European Commission. The event was also attended by First Deputy Chairman of the Russian Federation Council Committee for Agrarian and Food Policy Sergey Lisovsky.

The Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor noted that despite the EU sanctions and Russia’s retaliatory measures, there are still technical issues related to mutual trade. In particular, we are talking about the fulfillment by the parties of veterinary and sanitary requirements, which are not related to politics and should be viewed upon exclusively at the professional level.

The European side thanked the Rosselkhoznadzor for arranging the meeting and expressed its hope for resolving issues related to the development of mutual trade. In this regard, Sergey Dankvert noted that the nature of mutual deliveries has always been determined by the supply of European products to Russia rather than the Russian products to the EU.

Sergey Dankvert noted that 92% of European establishments certified for deliveries to Russia were included in this list under the guarantees of the veterinary services of the EU member states. After lifting the «food embargo», the question arises about the possibility of access to the market for all the establishments previously included under the guarantees. In this connection, the necessity was voiced for updating these lists by the EU.

It was also stressed that today 4537 establishments approved for supplies to the EAEU are included in the lists of establishments that are authorized for supply to the EAEU countries, while only 592 establishments are allowed for export from the Russian Federation to the territory of EU, of which 526 establishments are producers of fishery products. Based on that, it can be concluded that the EU allows only those products that are of interest to its market. In this regard, the statement that to date the number of establishments certified for deliveries to Russia is insufficient does not reflect the real situation.

The Russian side made a proposal to consider the issues of access of European establishments to the Russian market during negotiations at the level of the Eurasian Economic Commission. In response the colleagues from the European Union reported that it would be convenient to consider the raised issues at the level of discussion with the Rosselkhoznadzor experts. In particular, Mr. Scannell asked Sergey Dankvert to act as a sort of initiator of a number of issues related to product supplies to other EAEU countries. In this regard, Sergey Dankvert stressed that the Rosselkhoznadzor is not authorized to represent the interests of all the EAEU member-states.

Another issue on the agenda of the talks was the discussion of cooperation and exchange of information on electronic systems used in EU countries, such as TRACES and animal notification systems (ADNS). It is noted that at the end of February the next stage of the integration of the European system TRACES and the Russian system MERCURIUS should be completed. In this regard, positive cooperation was noted. In late March, the launch of the next module of the Mercury system is planned, concerning the electronic certification of fish products exported from Russia to Europe.

Another important topic of the dialogue was the spread of animal diseases in the EU. In particular, it was noted that the number of ASF outbreaks in the European Union is many times higher than in Russia. So, since 2007 when the disease was first registered in Russia, more than 1200 cases have been recorded, while in the European Union the first outbreak was registered seven years later, however, today the number of such outbreaks is more than 5800. Sergey Dankvert stressed that, knowing the characteristics of the disease, the forecasts for ASF situation in Europe are quite critical.

A similar situation evolved with regard to avian influenza, which showed that it is extremely difficult to control the disease, taking into account the nature of its spread.

Given that over the past two years, the Rosselkhoznadzor has provided EU colleagues with a significant amount of information on AI control measures in Russia, Sergey Dankvert asked to acknowledge the regionalization carried out in Russia with regard to avian influenza.

Summing up the results of the meeting, the parties noted the need for deep cooperation on the issues raised, as well as expressed a mutual desire to increase the volume of mutual trade.

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Rosselkhoznadzor and European Colleagues Held Round Table in Berlin on African Swine Fever Spread Control in Europe On the initiative of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance a round table was held with the representatives of the European Commission and veterinary services of the EU member states and Moldova on the margins of the 83rd International Trade Fair for Food Industry, Horticulture, Agriculture and Forestry "Green Week - 2018" in Berlin. During the event the issue of African swine fever spread control in Eastern Europe was reviewed.

Opening the event, the Russian side expressed its concern about the wide spread of the virus on the territory of a number of Eastern European countries. It was noted that one of the reasons for the spread of the disease is the population’s poor awareness of the real ASF threat. In this regard the Rosselkhoznadzor suggested that the competent authorities of ASF-infected countries use in their work with the population information materials on ASF control developed by the Service.

Director of the European Commission Directorate General for Health and Food Safety, responsible for EU policy on animal and plant health, Mr. B. Van Gotem thanked the Rosselkhoznadzor for organizing a round table on such a topical issue, stressing that the European Union is always open for the dialogue and discussion of all existing problems. He underlined that similar meetings devoted to ASF issues, including those at the level of the relevant ministers of the countries concerned, are conducted by the European Commission on a regular basis as the disease is transboundary and the ASF control strategies require clear inter-state cooperation. In addition, the problem of ASF is an important issue for discussion within the Global Framework for the Progressive Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases (GFTADs).

The representative of the European Commission noted that close cooperation with hunters is one of the key elements of the strategy for eradicating ASF, as the disease can spread via migration of wild boars. For this reason the European confederation of hunters is invited to take part in the meetings on the virus spread on the territory of the European Union. Nevertheless, same as in Russia, it is not yet possible to gain full control over the hunting activities.

At the round table it was also noted that ensuring an appropriate level of biosafety is crucial for prevention of ASF entry and spread in pig farms, both commercial and private. Therefore, the necessary biosecurity measures should be implemented at all categories of pig establishments.

An equally important element in ASF control is the early detection of sick domestic pigs and carcasses of dead boars. And the main tool for achieving this goal is an effective ASF monitoring system based on passive and active surveillance.

At the same time, taking into account the growth of wild boar population in Europe, insufficiently effective work for wild boar population management can lead to endemic situation in the territory. But at the same time the services are recording the growth of wild boar population in Europe. It is probable that this fact is related to global climate change.

Reporting on the disease spread situation in Russia, Dr. Konstantin Gruzdev, the representative of the Federal Center for Animal Health subordinated to the Rosselkhoznadzor, noted that the spread of the ASF virus in the country is caused by a number of factors, including non-compliance with veterinary and sanitary requirements. In this regard, the issue of tightening liability for violation of these requirements is essential in disease control.

It was noted that the transboundary nature of ASF was once again confirmed when a wild boar carcass infected with the virus was found in the Kaliningrad Oblast, 6 meters from the border with Poland.

The situation in the Vladimir Oblast also remains problematic. The region is surrounded by reserves where wild boars cannot be destroyed. However, the virus spreads via migration of these animals. Based on the experts' conclusion, the population of wild boars should not exceed 0,25 animals per km2.

The representative of Moldova noted that the ASF outbreak in the territory of this country was expected due to the virus introduction into the territory of the neighboring country - Ukraine. It was mentioned that the entire population of Moldova makes purchases on the territory of Ukraine, where, in connection with the spread of the virus, the price of pork is significantly reduced.

The representatives of Poland reported on the current ASF situation. Thus, 1,000 ASF cases among wild animals and 107 cases among domestic pigs have been recorded to date. The recent ASF cases in Central Poland were related to a human factor. Today the country has increased the number of samples, enforced border inspection activities during import of animal products. Along with other virus spread factors, the Polish colleagues do not exclude the factor of contaminated fodder. New outbreaks were also registered near the Kaliningrad Oblast, which indicates an increasing risk of new ASF outbreaks in this Russian region.

At the end of the meeting, the sides confirmed the need to continue work on ASF spread prevention in such a format. 

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Rosselkhoznadzor Working Meeting with Representatives of State Veterinary Surveillance Service of Ministry of Agriculture of Republic of Tajikistan

The Rosselkhoznadzor working meeting with representatives of the State Service for Veterinary Surveillance of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Tajikistan was held on January 15, 2018. The purpose of the negotiations was to discuss the introduction of new requirements of the veterinary legislation of the Republic of Tajikistan, in particular, the mandatory accreditation of the establishments for import of livestock products who want to supply products to the territory of Tajikistan.

Based on the results of the meeting, the Rosselkhoznadzor informs all business operators interested in the supply of products to Tajikistan of the following:

1. According to the new requirements of the Republic’s legislation, the establishment shall be subjected to inspection conducted by specialists of the State Service for Veterinary Surveillance of the Ministry of Agriculture of the country for compliance with quality and safety requirements.

2. If the inspection results are successful of inspection by the competent body of the Republic of Tajikistan, the establishment is granted accreditation for a period of 5 years.

It should be noted that at present the supply of products of animal origin is allowed from all establishments inspected by the Rosselkhoznadzor and included in the relevant lists of exporters of the CERBERUS FGIS, however, business operators that wish to continue exporting products shall be subject to additional certification by the competent authority of Tajikistan (by submitting the application through the importer) based on the results of which a certification document will be issued.

Representatives of the State Service for Veterinary Surveillance of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Tajikistan also stressed the need to extend the Halal certificate in advance.

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Rosselkhoznadzor Delegation to Take Part in International Green Week 2018 in Berlin

The International Agro-Industrial Exhibition-Fair «Green Week 2018» will traditionally take place in Berlin (Germany) from 19 to 28 January. The Russian side will be represented by Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation Yevgeny Gromyko, Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Sergey Dankvert, representatives of legislative and subject authorities.

Within the framework of the exhibition, a number of working meetings and negotiations are planned aimed at discussing the most important issues in the field of mutual agricultural trade with representatives of competent services for veterinary and phytosanitary control and representatives of state authorities in Germany, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, Austria, Japan, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic. The delegation of the Rosselkhoznadzor intends to hold a round table on the topic: «Discussion of control measures with regard to African swine fever in the territory of the European Union» with the participation of heads of veterinary services of the EU member states, representatives of the competent authorities of the Republic of Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova.

In addition, experts of the Rosselkhoznadzor, led by Head of the Service Sergey Dankvert, will take part in the food safety discussion with representatives of the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety of the European Commission (DG SANTE).

Within the frames of the international exhibition «Green Week 2018», Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Sergey Dankvert will hold a meeting with representatives of the EU business community and discuss topical issues of export and import of agricultural products. The meeting of the Rosselkhoznadzor delegation with representatives of the German Union of Breeders and Seed Potato Producers is also planned.

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Head of Rosselkhoznadzor Sergei Dankvert Held Talks With Sri Lanka Delegation on Resuming Plant Product Supplies to Russia

The meeting was held on the initiative of the Russian side in Moscow. The Sri Lankan side was represented by an impressive delegation led by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Sri Lanka in the Russian Federation Mr. Saman Veerasinghe and Director General of the Department of Agriculture of the Ministry of Agriculture Mr. R.R.A. Wijekoon. The Russian side was represented by Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Sergei Dankvert, Deputy Head of the Service Yulia Shvabauskene. The meeting was also attended by the representatives of the Russian Foreign Ministry, the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, and the Ministry of Agriculture.

During the talks it was noted that more than 10% of the total volume of exports of Ceylon tea from Sri Lanka are delivered to Russia. In this regard, the ban on supplies introduced by the Russian side poses a very serious problem for suppliers.

It was noted that this is the first case of detection of this harmful, quarantinable for the Russian Federation, object in Sri Lankan products. It was noted that Sri Lanka is a country of high risk of spreading khapra beetle. The Lankan side voiced the assumption that the package was infected. For its part, the Sri Lankan side announced its readiness to take all possible measures to prevent such negative cases in the future.

Julia Shvabauskienė explained that the khapra beetle was included in the list of quarantine objects due to its immediate danger to agriculture, and therefore products with the presence of khapra beetle are banned from importation into Russia. It was also noted that earlier the Rosselkhoznadzor had already detected cases of the presence of khapra beetles in plant products from Sri Lanka, but the insects were not viable, and therefore did not pose a threat and the products were allowed for import.

The Lankan side informed about the decontamination of containers. The country began to conduct inspection in the territory of Sri Lanka for the presence of this organism. It is planned to accredit all plants, packaging stations and storage facilities for tea intended for export to Russia.

In the course of the dialogue, the parties agreed that all containers sent to Russia would be disinfected, and all tea lots would undergo laboratory monitoring for the absence of quarantine objects for the Russian Federation.

Sergei Dankvert noted the significant role of the Russian Association of Tea and Coffee Producers "Roschaicoffee" in settling the situation with the tea supply from Sri Lanka to Russia. The Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor also noted the need to strengthen cooperation between the two services.

It was also agreed that the delegation of Sri Lanka would also visit the largest Russian Plant Quarantine Institute, subordinated to the Rosselkhoznadzor, where it will get acquainted with the laboratory practice of detection of quarantine objects in plant products in Russia and will have an opportunity to talk with the researchers of the institute.

As a result of the negotiations, a decision has been taken under the guarantees of the quarantine service of Sri Lanka to lift temporary restrictions on the supply of all plant products from Sri Lanka since December 30, 2017. Meanwhile the Rosselkhoznadzor will carry out intensive laboratory monitoring of all incoming consignments of plant products from Sri Lanka.


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Meeting of the Representatives of the Rosselkhoznadzor and the State Inspection Committee in the Agro-Industrial Complex of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan On the initiative of the Rosselkhoznadzor, a meeting of representatives of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance  and the State Inspection Committee in the agro-industrial complex of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan (hereinafter - the Committee) was held on December 21, 2017 in Aktobe (Republic of Kazakhstan).

The need for such a meeting was caused by a sharp increase in cases of violations of international and Russian legislation in the supply of plant products to the territory of the Russian Federation from the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The meeting was attended by:

- the Rosselkhoznadzor representative: Head of the Directorate for Phytosanitary Surveillance and Seed Control Irina Andreyevskaya, Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor administration for the Orenburg Oblast Sergey Ryabykh;

- the representative from the Republic of Kazakhstan: Deputy Chairman of the State Inspection Committee in the agro-industrial complex of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan Almabek Mars, heads and deputy heads of the regional territorial inspectorates of the KGI in the agro-industrial complex of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

At the beginning of the meeting Irina Andreyevskaya thanked Almabek Mars for the invitation to the Republic of Kazakhstan, for his personal participation in the meeting, and expressed her hope for a constructive dialogue that would lead to the desired results of both sides.

The main issue of the working meeting was the discussion of a set of measures aimed at preventing violations of international and Russian legislation in the field of plant quarantine, when transporting quarantined products between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Kazakhstan, and preventing the supply of "sanctions" products to the territory of Russia from Kazakhstan under the guise of authorized countries.

The Rosselkhoznadzor also addressed the issue of a second quarantine phytosanitary control carried out by the Committee of "sanctions" transit commodities that passed through the Russian part of state border of the Eurasian Economic Union.

It was noted that over 9 months of 2017, over 100,000 tons of fruits and vegetables originating  from Poland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, etc. were moved transit to Kazakhstan through the automobile checkpoints in the Pskov Oblast.

The Rosselkhoznadzor submitted the information about transit of such goods to the Kazakh side and asked the Committee to confirm the registration of these products at delivery points.

During the meeting, the Kazakh side also provided information on cases of violations of international legislation in the field of plant quarantine during exporting of quarantine products to Kazakhstan by the Russian economic entities.

Supply of plant products without phytosanitary certificates made up 95% of all violations.

The Russian side provided information on the measures taken for each specific case and proposed to apply the measures specified in the Decision No. 318 of the EAEC Commission, namely, destruction, to violators who transport quarantine products without phytosanitary certificates.

During the meeting, the Rosselkhoznadzor submitted documents to the Committee on all cases of violations for 2017.

The Kazakh side expressed its readiness to investigate each case of violations before February 1, 2018, and to provide information on registration of transit cargo at delivery points.

At the end of the meeting, the participants thanked each other for an open and constructive dialogue, Almabek Mars agreed that there are a lot of problems and they need to be resolved, and also noted the effectiveness of such meetings of the services and suggested holding the next meeting in February 2018 in Uralsk (Republic of Kazakhstan).

As a result, a protocol was drawn up, which indicated problematic issues and developed solutions, including the need to work in the “Argus-phito” and EASU information systems to track the movement of quarantined products on the territory of the Eurasian Economic Union 

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Forthcoming Visit of the Rosselkhoznadzor Specialists to the Republic of Turkey

Earlier the Rosselkhoznadzor informed that its specialists will visit the Republic of Turkey till the end of 2017. The visit will be aimed at familiarization with Turkish systems for production and official phytosanitary control of tomatoes intended for import to the Russian Federation and will take place upon the receipt of the list of tomato exporting establishments complying with the Rosselkhoznadzor requirements from the Turkish party.

Based on analysis of the information provided by the General Directorate for Food and Control, Ministry of Food Agriculture and Livestock of the Republic of Turkey the Rosselkhoznadzor is sending its delegation to the Republic of Turkey for the period of December 24-29, 2017.

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Talks between Rosselkhoznadzor and Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare under the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare of Republic of India

Meeting between the Rosselkhoznadzor delegation and Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare under the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare of Republic of India took place on December 22, 2017 in New Delhi.

In the course of the talks the Indian party informed that in late December 2017 the act will be signed stipulating that obligatory requirement to decontaminate grain imported into India with methyl bromide will become valid in another six months. 

The Russian party provided the Indian colleagues with a letter reminding to address the Agreement between the Russian Ministry of Agriculture and Indian Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare on complying with phytosanitary requirements for grain exported from the Russian Federation to the Republic of India as soon as possible, as well as answers to additional questions of the Indian party related to grain decontamination with phosphine-based agents, a letter on detections in Indian grain imported to Russia and a letter on interest to export Russian nuts, apples and other plant products to the Indian market.

Besides Head of Indian Plant Protection Service Ashwani Kumar thanked for the provided information and confirmed his visit to the Russian Federation in May 2018 to get acquainted with grain fumigation procedures using phosphine-based agents. The Indian party also confirmed that the Agreement was under consideration of the Department technical specialists at the moment and proposals would be sent within a month.

The Indian party also informed that it suspends using electronic signature on phytosanitary certificates and replaces it with a manual one and also promised to report this officially to the Rosselkhoznadzor. 

In the conclusion the both parties expressed mutual gratitude for fruitful cooperation and interest in rapid solution of issues in future.

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Sergey Dankvert Held Working Meeting with Ambassador of Argentine Republic to Russian Federation Ricardo Lagorio

On December 21 a working meeting between the Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor and Ambassador of the Republic of Argentina to the Russian Federation Ricardo Lagorio took place in Moscow. A representative of the RF Ministry of Agriculture also participated in the talks.

Ricardo Lagorio introduced appointed Agricultural Attaché of the Embassy Alonso Ferrando to Sergey Dankvert and expressed hope for his effective cooperation with the Rosselkhoznadzor. The Argentine party emphasized that particular importance was attached to the development of agricultural product trade with Russia and noted that the representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of Argentina were working only in 4 countries of the world beside Russia.

Ricardo Lagorio informed that at the beginning of the next year several events that were important for the development of relations between the countries were planned to be held. In particular, the next session of the Intergovernmental Russian-Argentine Commission on Trade, Technical, Scientific and Economic Cooperation co-chaired by Sergey Dankvert (the Russian part of the Commission) will take place in the period from February 7 till February 8, 2017. The programme of the session is now being developed by the competent authorities and will be ready for discussion in mid-January of next year. The parties consider that the event will be of particular significance in the context of the development of Russian-Argentine relations and will open up new horizons for the improvement of cooperation that is strategically important for both countries.

The parties agreed that the capacity of the Commission will be improved through involving it in the activities of the official representatives of Russian regions in close cooperation with the business community interested in establishing direct trade and investment contacts with Argentina.

It was also noted that the activities of the Business Councils of the two countries had already provided a new impetus to the interaction of the parties.

Sergey Dankvert stressed that Argentina was traditionally one of the key partners of Russia in Latin America. However, the trade turnover between the countries is still reduced compared with that of 2014 despite the substantial resource potential of the sides. The export and import relations between Russia and Argentina are evidently affected by general decline of global trade and consumer demand.

At the same time, amid negative tendencies there is a good opportunity for the expansion of trade cooperation. In particular, the turnover between the countries could grow significantly through increased soybean oil meal supplies from Argentina to Russia if Argentine companies registered the produced soy lines in the RF. The Rosselkhoznadzor, in its turn, is also making efforts to achieve this objective because it meets the interests of both parties. For example, in Russia the intensive livestock breeding development has resulted in increased demand for feeds. Soybean oil meal supplies from Argentina will make it possible to diversify the domestic feed market and balance the price policy.

In addition to that, in the context of Russian retaliatory measures in relation to the countries that imposed illegal sanctions and due to the activities of the Rosselkhoznadzor aimed at minimization of illegal export of banned products Argentina has a possibility to increase the volume of traditional supplies of apples, pears, citrus fruits, grapes and other plant cultures significantly. There is also an opportunity of increasing meat product supplies.

Sergey Dankvert also noted with satisfaction that Argentina had tripled its export of frozen fish and crustaceans to Russia including traditional items such as shrimps, as well as exotic items supplementing the domestic market, silver hake in particular.

The Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor expressed regret that the supplies of milk, butter, cheese and other dairy products during the current year had not reached the level of 2014. In particular, the export of the mentioned products made more than 80 million US dollars in money terms as on December 18. The Rosselkhoznadzor, among other things, has always sought to ensure that Russia imports milk products unaffected by different kinds of support. Dairy products from Argentina, Uruguay and Chile meet this criterion and comply with all veterinary and sanitary requirements of Russia and the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union.

In this context Sergey Dankvert noted the failure of numerous attempts of the Souzmoloko (the National Dairy Producers Union) represented by Chairman of the Board of Directors A. Danilenko and possibly supported by companies that had joined the sector association and had their representatives in Belarus (the major supplier of dairy products to Russia) to exert pressure on the Rosselkhoznadzor as regards imposing restrictions on dairy product supplies from the above mentioned countries.

Ricardo Lagorio thanked Sergey Dankvert for the open and constructive dialogue and in the context of the above noted that there was a set phrase in Argentina saying, “Honest trade does not mean free trade”. The Ambassador of Argentina also emphasized that Argentina had not supported sanctions imposed on Russia illegally and intended to further enhance the collaboration with Russia.

In conclusion the parties expressed confidence in further strengthening of bilateral interaction and constructive trade cooperation between the countries.


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Rosselkhoznadzor to Participate in 4th Meeting of Target Group of OIE Regional Commission for Europe in Austria

On December, 20 the Rosselkhoznadzor delegation represented by Director of the FGBI “VGNKI” V.V. Nikulin and Director of the FGBI “ARRIAH” D.A. Lozovoy participated in the fourth meeting of the regional target group of the OIE Regional Commission for Europe in Vienna (Austria).

Just before the meeting the Austrian side held a bilateral meeting between the delegation of the Rosselkhoznadzor and the representatives of the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES), during which the presentations on the main activities of the Agency and the Austrian food safety surveillance system were made to the Russian side. In their turn the representatives of the Russian delegation stressed the importance of interaction with AGES with regard to scientific and technical cooperation.

During the meeting of the regional target group the organizers noted the unsatisfactory work and inactive participation of Russia in the activities of the group in the previous period. At the same time, the OIE representatives noted that this time the Russian delegation was representative.

During the event it was decided to hold the next meeting of the target group in Moscow next April.

In his speech Director of the FGBI "VGNKI" V.V. Nikulin paid a special attention to the problem of antimicrobial resistance and the need to intensify work on this issue. He also stressed that during the next meeting in April 2018 the Russian side will make presentations on the Russian experience of tackling the problem of antimicrobial resistance, as well as a presentation on brucellosis.

During the meeting special attention was paid to the problem of more active involvement of Russia and other Russian-speaking states in the activities of the OIE target groups. For that it was decided to strongly support the provision of interpreting services during the events and translation of documentation. In his turn Director of FGBI "VGNKI" V.V. Nikulin stressed that the Russian side is ready to fully provide the translation of documentation during the OIE events into the Russian language.

Particular attention during the meeting was paid to the spread of ASF and other infectious animal diseases. In the course of discussions, the representative of the Russian Federation, Director of the FGBI "VGNKI" V.V. Nikulin noted that natural reservoirs are one of the most dangerous ways of spreading diseases of terrestrial animals.

Rivers, lakes and coastal marine areas are first to enter the risk zone where infected animal carcasses can get not only naturally, but also as a result of inappropriate activity of economic entities.

In this regard, the Russian side expressed the opinion that it is necessary to extend awareness raising campaigns among the population, as well as to strengthen active interaction with representatives of hunting and fish control bodies.

In conclusion, the participants of the meeting noted the positive results of the past event and expressed hope for the development and deepening of cooperation, as well as for the more active participation of Russian representatives in the OIE activities in the future.


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Forthcoming Visit of Rosselkhoznadzor Delegation to Republic of India

In the period from December 21 till December 24 the delegation of the Rosselkhoznadzor will visit New Delhi (the Republic of India) and take part in the meeting of the Co-Chairmen of the Intergovernmental Russian-Indian Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technical and Cultural Cooperation Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry O. Rogozin and External Affairs Minister of the Republic of India Sushma Svaraj.

Within the framework of the visit talks with the representatives of the Plant Quarantine Organization of India (the National Plant Protection Organization), namely the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare of the Government of the Republic of India, are to be held on December 22.

Issues concerning fumigation of Russian grain with phosphine pesticides and a draft Agreement between the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare of the Republic of India as regards ensuring the compliance with phytosanitary requirements while exporting grain from the Russian Federation to India are planned to be discussed with the Indian party during the talks.

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Forthcoming Meeting between Head of Rosselkhoznadzor Sergey Dankvert and Ambassador of Argentine Republic to Russian Federation Ernesto Lagorio

On December 21 of the current year the talks between Head of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Sergey Dankvert and Ambassador of the Argentine Republic to the Russian Federation Ernesto Lagorio will be held in order to discuss the current issues of cooperation within the framework of preparation for the next session of the Intergovernmental Russian-Argentine Commission for Trade, Technical, Scientific and Economic Cooperation and, in particular, the programme of the event.

Sergey Dankvert is the Chairman of the Russian part of the Intergovernmental Russian-Argentine Commission.

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Telephone Talks with the Estonian Veterinary and Food Board

Telephone talks with Olev Kalda, Director General of the Estonian Veterinary and Food Board, took place on December 19.

The parties discussed the recently opened Estonian establishment manufacturing fish products (canned fish, semi-finished frozen fried fish).

During the talks the Rosselkhoznadzor notified the Estonian party that in case the specified establishment starts export of fish products to Russia the Russian party will obligatorily perform laboratory tests of these products for safety criteria.

The Estonian party has taken into account the specified information and at the same time remarked that it commits to do its best to perform veterinary control of the manufactured products.

Doctor Kalda informed about his intention to submit materials on elimination of violations detected at the establishments which will demonstrate the trend of the measures taken at the controlled establishments by the end of the year.

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Telephone Talks with the Latvian Food and Veterinary Service

The telephone talks with the Deputy Director General, Head of the Department for Food Surveillance (Latvian Republic) were held on December 19. The parties discussed the recently opened Latvian canned fish manufacturing establishment.

During the negotiations the Rosselkhoznadzor notified the Latvian party that in case the specified establishment starts export of canned fish the Russian party will obligatorily perform laboratory tests of these products for safety criteria.

The Latvian party has taken into account the specified information and at the same time remarked that it commits to do its best to perform veterinary control of the manufactured products.

Besides, considering the fact that the establishment had not exported their products to Russia for more than two and a half years the Latvian Food and Veterinary Service has taken a decision to check the establishment for compliance with EAEU veterinary and sanitary standards and requirements and to perform additional laboratory tests of the products prior to starting export to Russia.

Also the parties discussed the form in which the Latvian party will submit materials on breach elimination at the rest of establishments which will demonstrate the trend of the measures taken at the establishments.

At the end of the telephone talks the Latvian party expressed gratitude to the Rosselkhoznadzor for lifting temporary restrictions from the establishment highly assessing the trust to the Latvian Food and Veterinary Service.

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The Rosselkhoznadzor Experts Completed Inspection of Vietnamese Fish Processing Establishments

Today a closing meeting upon the completion of inspection mission of the Rosselkhoznadzor experts in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam with participation of Dmitry Natarov, Deputy Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor, and Ngo Hong Phong, Deputy Director General of the National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department (NAFIQAD) has been held.

In the period of December 11-19, 2017 the Rosselkhoznadzor experts inspected 8 establishments interested in export of their fish products to the Russian market, visited aquaculture farms as well as regional laboratories and office of the competent authority.

Based on the Rosselkhoznadzor mission’s results the experts informed about some systemic non-compliances found in the Vietnamese competent authority activities (such as non-effective investigations performed in case of detection exceeded levels of harmful and banned substances in products of Vietnamese establishments, laboratory testing of the products shipped to Russia does not cover all laboratory parameters to be tested for compliance with the Eurasian Economic Union legislation) that require prompt correction for continuation of fish products supplies to the Russian Federation.

Mr. Ngo Hong Phong has agreed with the non-compliances indicated by the Rosselkhoznadzor experts as well as informed that the Vietnamese party is interested in their correction and  reviewing existing plan of monitoring of exported products due to increasing detections of non-safe products that are non-compliant to the Eurasian Economic Union requirements.

The parties also agreed to continue cooperation in development of bilateral product supplies with mutual inspections of Russian meat processing establishments and Vietnamese fish processing establishments.


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Working Meeting Between Islamic Republic of Iran and Representatives of Rosselkhoznadzor Administration for Saratov Oblast on Trade and Economic Cooperation in Russian Grain Export December 15, 2017 a working meeting was held between the delegation from the Islamic Republic of Iran and the specialists of the Saratov Municipal District Administration where issues of strengthening mutual trade and economic cooperation, in particular export of grain products from the Saratov Oblast to the Islamic Republic of Iran and the organization of a joint Russian-Iranian establishment in the Saratov municipal district were discussed.

The meeting chaired by Head of the Department for Economic Development and Agriculture of the Saratov Municipal District Administration Viktor Maraev included: Head of the Food and Processing Industry Department of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Saratov Oblast Dmitry Gulyaev, specialists of the Saratov Municipal Administration, Head of the Saratov Branch of the Agricultural Center Irek Faizov, representatives of leading business companies operating in the field of production, processing, storage and marketing of grain products, as well as media representatives.

The Rosselkhoznadzor Administration for the Saratov Oblast and the subordinate to the Rosselkhoznadzor FGBI “Saratov IVL” were represented by Deputy Head Dzhambul Ismagulov and Director of the Laboratory Igor Kozlov.

The Iranian delegation, which included representatives of governmental bodies and business establishments in the agrarian and food sectors, was headed by S. Jalali-far, Adviser on the Caspian matters and North-South transport corridor issues.

The Saratov side acquainted the Iranian partners with the production and economic state of the Saratov Municipal District and the Saratov Oblast, the production volumes, export opportunities, transport logistics, including the possibilities of exporting grain products from the Saratov region to the Islamic Republic of Iran using the natural transport artery - the Volga River and the Caspian sea. 

Dzhambul Ismagulov, Deputy Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Administration for the Saratov Oblast informed the Iranian delegation about the volumes of grain products shipped to the Islamic Republic of Iran within export supplies, as well as the measures taken to meet the importing country's requirements aimed at quarantine and phytosanitary safety.

In his presentation Director of the FGBI “Saratov IVL” Igor Kozlov spoke about the laboratory facilities for carrying out the necessary testing of grain products during its export.

Summing up the meeting, the participants thanked the Russian side for the talks and expressed confidence that mutually beneficial trade and economic cooperation in the grain market will continue between the Russian Federation and the Islamic Republic of Iran. 

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FGBI VNIIKR Delegation Visit to EVIRA – National Plant Quarantine and Protection Organization of Republic of Finland On December 14, 2017 at the invitation of EVIRA the delegation from the subordinate to the Rosselkhoznadzor FGBI VNIIKR headed by Director Alexander Sapozhnikov visited the central office and laboratory of their Finnish colleagues in Helsinki.

Within the framework of the visit Alexander Sapozhnikov and EVIRA Director General Matti Aho signed an agreement on scientific and technical cooperation, which provides for the exchange of experience in the following spheres: modern methods for diagnosis and elimination of quarantine pest outbreaks, methodology for phytosanitary risk assessment, and joint work on insect pheromone testing.

During the visit, the parties reached an agreement on conducting joint interlaboratory proficiency testing which will validate the competence of research conducted by laboratories.

During the meeting, issues of new methods in diagnostics of forest quarantine organisms, inspection methods and sampling standards during inspection of round timber, sawn timber, packaging containers were examined. Therewith the experience of successful eradication of the Asian barbel (Anoplophora glabripennis) in Finland was presented, which may be useful in case of introduction of this extremely harmful quarantine pest into the Russian Federation.

Regular working contacts of the representatives of the two countries' services continue the tradition of long-term international relations, when Finnish and Russian experts met repeatedly in Moscow and Helsinki, discussing relevant for the both countries issues: phytosanitary risk analysis, peculiarities of forest product inspection, spread of harmful organisms, current monitoring and eradication of outbreaks. 

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Rosselkhoznadzor Delegation Visit to Mexico to Discuss Deliveries of Russian Grain In the period from 10 to 14 December 2017 the delegation of the Rosselkhoznadzor headed by Deputy Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Yulia Shvabauskene and Director of the FGBI "Grain Quality Evaluation Center" Yu.M. Korolyova visited Mexico City.

During the visit the Russian side familiarized themselves with the system of phytosanitary control, as well as quality and safety control of plant products imported and exported from the territory of Mexico, had negotiations with the National Service for Agro-Alimentary Public Health, Safety and Quality of the United Mexican States (SENASICA), visited the SENASICA testing laborator. Mexico is a major importer of grains, annually purchasing up to 3.7 million tons of wheat. Currently the Russian Federation delivers wheat to Mexico (during the period of 2017/2018 agricultural years, exports to Mexico exceeded 300 thousand tons), and the issue of access of Russian buckwheat to the Mexican market has been considered by the Mexican side since 2013; oats, millet, rye, barley, corn, soybeans, sorghum – since 2015. The issue of access of Russian grain to the Mexican market has not been solved for many years, since the Mexican side hasn’t got yet clearly formulated and scientifically grounded phytosanitary requirements for both crops imported into the country and to the countries that produce these crops.

The current list of quarantine objects in Mexico includes 1, 240 objects and is under revision and updating.

A similar situation develops in relation to the requirements for the grain quality and safety.

When performing export-import transactions the Mexican side is guided by either the strictest requirements for plant products of a certain country, for example Japan, or the provisions of the Codex Alimentarius.

However, since 2018, within implementation of the provisions of the Organic Products Act, approved by Mexico in 2006, plant products supplied by the manufacturer who will be authorized by the government body of the country of export in terms of its safety will receive access to the Mexican market.

Following the results of the visit the parties agreed on strengthening of cooperation in the sphere of plant quarantine, safety and quality of grain and products thereof.

The Mexican side undertook in the near future to submit to the Rosselkhoznadzor for the first time a draft of quality and safety phytosanitary requirements in order to import Russian wheat, buckwheat and barley to Mexico. Technical negotiations between the specialists of the Rosselkhoznadzor and SENASICA aimed at finalizing the Mexican requirements for wheat, buckwheat and barley are scheduled for the end of January 2018. The approval procedure of the conditions for supply of these crops to Mexico is expected to be completed by February 2018. 

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Rosselkhoznadzor Held Talks with Embassy of France in Russia on Interaction between Electronic Certification Systems

On December 12, 2017 a working meeting between the representatives of the Rosselkhoznadzor and the Embassy of France in Russia took place in Moscow. The parties discussed options of technical interaction between the electronic consignment certification systems of the two countries. The Rosselkhoznadzor provided the representatives of France with detailed information on objectives and goals of establishing the Rosselkhoznadzor information systems. The operation of the systems is cumulatively aimed at the assurance of epidemic and food safety in Russia. In particular, the “Mercury” system has been established and is being implemented in Russia for animal product electronic certification that will help to ensure the traceability of product manufacture and movement. The functional backup of the “Mercury” system allows integrating it with similar systems of product exporting countries within the framework of activities aimed at prevention of potentially dangerous product export accompanied by forged papers. For now the highest degree of practical interaction in this field has been reached with New Zealand, Chile and the Netherlands. The electronic certification system is now being tested in the process of animal product export from the European Union member-states to Kaliningrad Oblast. It is planned to complete the activities associated with the integration with the European TRACES system in the spring of 2018.

A representative of the Embassy informed that currently the domestic electronic product certification system was in the process of updating in France. In this context the issue of establishing integration with the European TRACES system and the Russian “Mercury” system is being addressed. The French party pointed out that they were interested in the use of electronic certificates when exporting animal products to Russia. They also consider the possible use of electronic certificates when supplying products subject to quarantine.

The Rosselkhoznadzor expressed readiness to establish interaction between the electronic veterinary consignment certification systems of Russia and France and also stressed that the Rosselkhoznadzor would consider the possibility of electronic certification for plant products after having received the official application submitted by the French competent authority.

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Rosselkhoznadzor Held Video Conference with Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Economy of Republic of Serbia

On December 13 technical consultations between the Rosselkhoznadzor and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Economy of the Republic of Serbia on the use of the FGIS “Mercury” took place in the format of a video conference. A representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs participated in the talks on the Russian side.

According to the previously reached agreements in the course of the conference the Rosselkhoznadzor conducted a real time training of the officers of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Economy of the Republic of Serbia in the FGIS “Mercury.Notifications” programme.

The parties agreed that on January 15, 2018 Serbia would begin to submit preliminary notifications for all consignments subject to the official veterinary control when shipped to Russian and Belarusian consignees with the use of the FGIS “Mercury.Notifications”. A test period will last a month from the said date till February 15 during which the Serbian party will be working with the information system of the Rosselkhoznadzor and duplicating certificates via e-mail.

The Serbian party thanked the Rosselkhoznadzor for the detailed explanation as regards the mechanism of working with the information system and emphasized that in the near future the Serbian inspectorate will be trained to work with the FGIS “Mercury.Notifications”.

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