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The videoconference negotiations between the Rosselkhoznadzor and representatives of the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply were held on December 7, 2017.

Julia Shvabauskene, Deputy Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor, remarked that the Rosselkhoznadzor is concerned about increase in detections of quarantine objects in soya beans exported from Brazil to the Russian Federation.

Thus, during the previous month and a half there were 20 cases of quarantine object detection by the Rosselkhoznadzor and since the beginning of 2017 – 127 cases. A new quarantine object, toothed spurge, previously not reported in the Russian Federation and, thus, posing threat to pest freedom in Russia, was also detected.

In comparison with 2016 during which there were 91 cases of the quarantine object detection, the situation in the current year has considerably aggravated. Herewith, the Rosselkhoznadzor has long before informed the Brazilian colleagues that the Common Quarantine Phytosanitary Requirements for quarantineable products and objects at the customs border and custom’s territory of the Eurasian Economic Unity came into effect on July 1, 2017.

The Rosselkhoznadzor asked the representatives of the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply to explain the reasons for such situation. However, the Brazilian Party could not inform the Rosselkhoznadzor about the specific steps it made to comply with the RF and EAEU quarantine phytosanitary requirements.

Upon the results of the negotiations the parties agreed that in the nearest time the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply well forward detail information on measures taken to prevent import of soya beans containing quarantine objects to the Rosselkhoznadzor.

In case no phytosanitary control measures are taken by the Brazilian Party the Rosselkhoznadzor reserves the right to impose temporary ban on import of soya beans of Brazilian origin to the Russian Federation including through the third countries.

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http://www.fsvps.ru/fsvps/news/24182.html?_language=en Rosselkhoznadzor Fri, 08 Dec 2017 12:00:00 +0300
Armenia Has Decided to Join Rosselkhoznadzor Systems “Argus” and “Mercury” http://www.fsvps.ru/fsvps/news/24112.html?_language=en

In the period from December 4 till December 5, 2017 the talks between the technical specialists of the Rosselkhoznadzor and the representatives of the State Service for Food Safety of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Armenia on implementation of the electronic veterinary certification in mutual trade between the Republic of Armenia and the Russian Federation took place in Yerevan. The Russian party was led by Deputy Head of the Directorate for International Cooperation and Veterinary Control of Export/Import and Transportation of the Rosselkhoznadzor Maxim Tsukanov. The Rosselkhoznadzor demonstrated the Rosselkhoznadzor information systems FGIS “Argus” and FGIS “Mercury”. The representatives of the Service also elaborated on the advantages of using the systems.

It was agreed that in the first quarter of 2018 the Armenian party will proceed to the use of the FGIS “Mercury.Notifications” to provide preliminary notification when shipping animal product consignments from the Republic of Armenia to the Russian consignees and to receive preliminary notification when consignments subject to control are shipped from the Russian Federation to the Armenian consignees.

In the course of the discussion it was announced that Armenia will join the activities of the Rosselkhoznadzor aimed at the implementation of electronic veterinary certification in mutual trade with foreign countries and submit relevant requests to veterinary services of the third countries. In this vein it was decided to grant the demo access to all the information systems of the Rosselkhoznadzor to the Armenian colleagues. At the same time the representatives of the State Service for Food Safety of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Armenia informed the Rosselkhoznadzor of their intention to submit their suggestions and comments concerning the draft Decision of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission on the alteration of Regulation on uniform procedure of veterinary control (surveillance) at the customs boarder of the Eurasian Economic Union and within the customs territory of the Eurasian Economic Union approved by the Decision of the Commission of the Customs Union of June 18, 2010 No. 317 “On application of veterinary and sanitary measures in the Customs Union” as regards supplementing the Regulation with the data necessary for the switch of the member-states to the electronic veterinary certification.

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http://www.fsvps.ru/fsvps/news/24112.html?_language=en Rosselkhoznadzor Wed, 06 Dec 2017 12:00:00 +0300
Cuban Experts to Start Inspections of Russian Establishments Interested in Exports to Cuba http://www.fsvps.ru/fsvps/news/24090.html?_language=en A welcoming meeting of the Rosselkhoznadzor and the Cuban delegation was held in Moscow today.

During the meeting the parties discussed the plan of the forthcoming inspection in Russia. In particular, it is planned to visit the establishments for production of beef, pork, poultry and products thereof, including feeds of plant origin, that are located in the Stavropol Krai, as well as the Kaliningrad, Bryansk, Novgorod and Penza Oblasts. The Cuban colleagues will also visit the Federal Center for Animal Health subordinated to the Rosselkhoznadzor, where they will get acquainted with the epidemic situation in Russia and the regionalization process carried out in the

country with regard to highly dangerous animal diseases.

The inspection will last until December 15.

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http://www.fsvps.ru/fsvps/news/24090.html?_language=en Rosselkhoznadzor Tue, 05 Dec 2017 12:00:00 +0300
Forthcoming Visit of Rosselkhoznadzor Experts to Federal Republic of Germany http://www.fsvps.ru/fsvps/news/24035.html?_language=en

At the invitation of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture of the Federal Republic of Germany in the period from December 3 till December 8, 2017 the Rosselkhoznadzor specialists will be visiting Germany for the joint inspection of seed potato batches prepared for shipment to the Russian Federation in accordance with the previously developed procedure of seed potato import to the Russian Federation from the EU countries.

Following the inspection and based on the results of laboratory examination the Rosselkhoznadzor will decide on the possibility of importing a reserved volume of seed potatoes into the territory of the Russian Federation.

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http://www.fsvps.ru/fsvps/news/24035.html?_language=en Rosselkhoznadzor Thu, 30 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0300
Rosselkhoznadzor to Discuss Situation As Regards Continuing Soybean Supplies to Russia Non-Compliant with Quarantine Phytosanitary Requirements with Competent Authority of Brazil http://www.fsvps.ru/fsvps/news/24031.html?_language=en

The Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance will hold talks with the competent authority of the Federative Republic of Brazil concerning the continuing soybean supplies to Russia that do not comply with the quarantine phytosanitary requirements.

Specifically, during nine months of 2017 107 cases of infection with objects quarantinable for the Eurasian Economic Union were detected in soybeans exported to the Russian Federation.

In October and November of the current year the soybean supplies non-compliant with the quarantine phytosanitary requirements of the Eurasian Economic Union did not stop. While implementing control and surveillance measures the Rosselkhoznadzor identified 20 cases of detection of objects quarantinable for the Eurasian Economic Union.

So far, no information on measures taken by the Brazilian party has been submitted to the Rosselkhoznadzor.

In case the Brazilian party fails to implement the effective measures to ensure quarantine phytosanitary control during soybean export, the Rosselkhoznadzor reserves the right to ban the export of soybeans originating from the Federative Republic of Brazil to the Russian Federation including transited through third countries.

The Rosselkhoznadzor will discuss the existing situation as regards soybean supplies to the Russian Federation with the Brazilian party during a video-conference next week.

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http://www.fsvps.ru/fsvps/news/24031.html?_language=en Rosselkhoznadzor Thu, 30 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0300
Rosselkhoznadzor Negotiations on Access of Russian Meat Products to Singapore’s Market http://www.fsvps.ru/fsvps/news/24011.html?_language=en

On November 29, 2017, as it was previously reported, Deputy Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Nikolai Vlasov held a bilateral meeting with the representatives of the Agricultural Supply and Veterinary Directorate of the Republic of Singapore within the 2nd round of negotiations with the Republic of Singapore on concluding the Free Trade Agreement between the EAEC and Singapore. The sides discussed issues of mutual access of animal products to Russian and Singaporean markets.

The Singaporean colleagues assured that within the activities aimed at access of Russian products to Singapore, they will provide access conditions and veterinary certificates drafts for export of ready-to-eat meat products and poultry from Russia to Singapore by the end of January 2018. The next stage after harmonizing the supply conditions and initialing the certificates will be inclusion of Russian establishments that were subjected to inspection in the Singaporean registers.

The Singaporean side will submit data on corrective measures taken with respect to EAEC incompliances by two Singaporean establishments producing fish and sea products that were detected in the course of monitoring research. The Rosselkhoznadzor will promptly review the submitted materials and will take a decision on renewal of exports from these establishments.

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http://www.fsvps.ru/fsvps/news/24011.html?_language=en Rosselkhoznadzor Wed, 29 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0300
Successful Completion of Inspection of Russian Exporting Establishments by Representatives of Kingdom of Bahrain http://www.fsvps.ru/fsvps/news/23995.html?_language=en

As previously reported, a group of inspectors of the Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning and the Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Bahrain has been working in the Russian Federation since November 21, 2017.

Within the framework of the visit the representatives of the Kingdom of Bahrain conducted the inspection of Russian meat processing establishments located in Bryansk Oblast and Stavropol Krai that are interested in product export to the Bahraini food market. The Bahraini colleagues also visited the FGBI “ARRIAH”.

The closing meeting between the Rosselkhoznadzor and the representatives of the two Ministries of Bahrain has taken place today, on November 28, 2017. In the course of the meeting the inspectors noted the high level of veterinary control safety assurance in the country and appropriate technical and equipment capacities of the establishments and in particular production automation facilitating the assurance of food product quality and safety.

The Bahraini colleagues also commended on the methodological developments and laboratory capacities of the FGBI “ARRIAH” and informed that following the visit to the institute the parties agreed to pursue the cooperation at expert level.

In its turn the Rosselkhoznadzor extended its thanks to the Bahraini delegation for the conducted inspection and indicated that the Service would fully promote the safety assurance of animal products intended for export to the Kingdom of Bahrain.

In the course of the meeting the representatives of the Kingdom of Bahrain also reported on the completion of the harmonization procedure as regards veterinary certificates for the export of eggs, honey and dairy products from the Russian Federation to Bahrain.

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http://www.fsvps.ru/fsvps/news/23995.html?_language=en Rosselkhoznadzor Tue, 28 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0300
Rosselkhoznadzor Activity on Expansion of Russian Agricultural Product Access to Market of United Arab Emirates http://www.fsvps.ru/fsvps/news/23985.html?_language=en

On November 24 - 26, 2017 the Rosselkhoznadzor representatives on the Russian delegation chaired by Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Manturov D.V. took part in organizing and conducting the 7th meeting of the Mixed Intergovernmental Russian-Emirates Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation in Abu Dhabi (UAE) that resulted in signing a relevant protocol by the parties.

Within the framework of the IGC Deputy Head of Veterinary Supervision Administration for Export and Import Operations, Transport and International Cooperation M.V. Tsukanov discussed the current issues of cooperation with Head of the Food Safety Department of Ministry of Climate Change and Environment Dr. Majd Al-Herbawi. The counterparts emphasized the importance of establishing close contacts between the veterinary services for rapid implementation of the agreements reached during the meeting of the intergovernmental commission.

The Emirati side confirmed its intention to visit the Russian Federation in order to inspect the establishments for the production of animal products in the week starting on November 27. At the same time the parties established the most acceptable procedure for forming a list of Russian establishments interested in exports of livestock products to the Emirati market and those applying for an inspection. The lists are only sent through official contacts between the representatives of the Rosselkhozadzor and the Ministry of Climate Change and the Environment of the UAE after receiving confirmation that the application submitted by business entities through the official website of the competent UAE agency following the link https://www.moccae.gov.ae/en/our-services/animal-wealth/licensing/renewislamicabattoire.aspx was confirmed and the state duty was paid.

In her turn Dr. Majd Al-Herbawi expressed interest in expanding the list of Emirati establishments that are authorized for exports to the Russian Federation. The parties agreed to continue work on organizing a relevant inspection of the Rosselkhoznadzor that will be held in the first quarter of 2018.

The parties approved the fact of signing a veterinary certificate for export of heat-treated dairy products derived from single-horned camels and subjected to heat treatment from the UAE to the Russian Federation, which allows export of these products from the Emirates-accredited establishments certified by the Rosselkhoznadzor and verified by the competent department of the UAE.

In addition, the Emirati side expressed interest in importing bees, live animals (cattle and small ruminants), as well as live poultry and hatching eggs from Russia. If there is an opportunity to export these commodities from Russia, the UAE Veterinary Department of Climate and Environmental Change will send a questionnaire and agree on the possible conditions for such deliveries.

During the conversation about mutual deliveries of regulated products, the Russian side suggested considering the issue of subsequent transfer to electronic veterinary certification of controlled consignments. The colleagues from the Ministry of Climate Change and the Environment of the UAE expressed interest in maintaining such a system and will review the proposal of the Russian side.

In addition, the Emirati side was provided with import requirements for domestic animals to the UAE from Russia. These documents will be posted on the official site of the Rosselkhoznadzor, as well as communicated to the territorial departments and veterinary subjects of the Russian Federation.

The parties agreed to strengthen cooperation between the supervisory services in order to create favorable conditions for mutual trade in agricultural products.

Summing up the results, the chairmen of the Commission positively assessed the agreements reached during the Russian-Emirati IGC and expressed the hope for expanding the scope of food trade turnover between the countries.

 

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http://www.fsvps.ru/fsvps/news/23985.html?_language=en Rosselkhoznadzor Tue, 28 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0300
Inspectors of the Ministry of Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning, Kingdom of Bahrain are finishing Russian plants’ inspection http://www.fsvps.ru/fsvps/news/23979.html?_language=en

Within the period from November 21 to 27, 2017 the Bahrain specialists visited Russian meat processing plants interested in export of their products to Bahrain.

In the course of inspection the Bahrain experts also visited the FGBI «ARRIAH» and the FGBI «Bryansk IVL».

The final meeting with the representatives of the Ministry of Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning, Kingdom of Bahrain will take place on November 28, 2017 at the Rosselkhoznadzor Head Quarters. The visit will be summarized and further actions aimed at the development of cooperation between the Rosselkhoznadzor and the Competent Authority of the Kingdom of Bahrain will be proposed.

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http://www.fsvps.ru/fsvps/news/23979.html?_language=en Rosselkhoznadzor Mon, 27 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0300
The Rosselkhoznadzor Extends Opportunities Russian Exporters’ Interested in Product Export to the United Arab Emirates http://www.fsvps.ru/fsvps/news/23978.html?_language=en The representatives of the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment will visit the Russian Federation on November 29 – December, 3.

According to the programme of the visit the UAE delegation will visit a poultry producing establishment interested in their product export to the UAE located in the Kursk Oblast.

The meeting with the UAE delegation will be held in the Rosselkhoznadzor (Orlikov per., 1/11). The meeting will be devoted to extending the list of establishments authorized for their product export to the UAE.  

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http://www.fsvps.ru/fsvps/news/23978.html?_language=en Rosselkhoznadzor Mon, 27 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0300
Launch of Pilot Project of Rosselkhoznadzor and Kingdom of Netherlands on Electronic Certification of Products http://www.fsvps.ru/fsvps/news/23931.html?_language=en The meeting between the Rosselkhoznadzor and the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality of the Kingdom of the Netherlands took place on November 21 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The meeting was aimed at the discussion of the pilot project on the use of electronic certificates in bilateral trade with the Netherlands. The said project will be implemented in two stages.

The first stage is to start in December, 2017. The parties agreed that certificates would be uploaded into the Russian electronic certification system without electronic digital signature. The product batches will be accompanied with a certificate printed on the harmonized paper form certified by the signature of a veterinarian issuing the certificate and an impressed stamp.

In January, 2018 the second stage will begin when electronic certificates issued by the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority are uploaded in the Russian electronic certification system following the verification of the electronic signature of the Netherlands competent authority.

At the second stage the product batches will be accompanied with a certificate printed on the harmonized paper form with the printed signature of a veterinarian issuing the certificate and a stamp.

Before launching the first stage of testing the parties agreed that the Rosselkhoznadzor was to reconcile the data in electronic and paper certificates. The parties also agreed upon the procedure of the harmonization of directories and registers used in electronic document issuing.

The parties agreed to pursue joint efforts in order to establish international standards for electronic certification and electronic signatures and to promote the paperless certification in food and agricultural product trade.

Besides, a decision was taken to hold a video-conference and to discuss the results and the pilot project testing process in April, 2018.

As a result of the meeting a protocol was signed. 

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http://www.fsvps.ru/fsvps/news/23931.html?_language=en Rosselkhoznadzor Thu, 23 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0300
Planned Negotiations Between Rosselkhoznadzor and Ministry of Climate Change and Environment of United Arab Emirates on Export of Russian Livestock Products http://www.fsvps.ru/fsvps/news/23912.html?_language=en The meeting between specialists of the Rosselkhoznadzor and specialists of the Veterinary Department of the Ministry of Climate Change and the Environment of the United Arab Emirates is scheduled for November 25 in Abu Dhabi (UAE). Within the framework of this meeting the issues of expanding export of Russian livestock products will be discussed. 

In addition the Rosselkhoznadzor representatives will take part in the 7th meeting of the Intergovernmental Russian-Emirates Commission for Trade, Economic and Technical Cooperation chaired by Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Manturov D.V. and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates A. Al Nahyan, that will be held on November 26, 2017 in Abu Dhabi (UAE).  

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http://www.fsvps.ru/fsvps/news/23912.html?_language=en Rosselkhoznadzor Thu, 23 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0300
Talks between Rosselkhoznadzor and Secretariat for Plant and Animal Protection of Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply of Brazil http://www.fsvps.ru/fsvps/news/23883.html?_language=en

The talks in the format of a teleconference took place on November 21. The Rosselkhoznadzor had initiated the consultations by sending a letter to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply of Brazil inviting to hold talks on November 16.

The Rosselkhoznadzor informed that the use of ractopamine and other muscle growth stimulants in livestock raising in Brazil had always been of major concern to the Federal Service. Repeated cases of ractopamine detection in meat products imported to the Russian market from Brazil became a reason for complex discussions and bilateral talks in the period from 2011 to 2013 which resulted in the commitments made by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply of Brazil not to use the above mentioned substance in the manufacture of products intended for the Russian market. Besides, a special annex to the veterinary certificate was developed which accompanied the Brazilian meat products exported to Russia during 9 months. Afterwards, the mechanism was simplified, when the Brazilian party provided the guarantees of conformity with the Russian legislation as regards the implementation of a control system ensuring the compliance of meat shipped to Russia with the harmonized requirements.

However, in November 2017 within the framework of monitoring the Rosselkhoznadzor detected ractopamine residue in Brazilian products. Taking into account the above mentioned facts and due to the lack of trust in the guarantees of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply of Brazil the Rosselkhoznadzor had to take a decision to impose restrictions on the import of beef, pork and beef and pork by-products from Brazil from December 1, 2017.

The Federal Service notified its decision to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply of Brazil in an official letter enclosing the copies of test reports which had resulted in detection of ractopamine in Brazilian products. In its letter the Rosselkhoznadzor also requested to inspect Brazilian pork and meat producing establishments for their compliance with the RF and EEU requirements (including the absence of hormonal growth stimulants) and to submit the current list of establishments which might implement the mentioned requirements. At the same time the Federal Service reserves the right to conduct further inspections of Brazil establishments involved in the production of the said products.

In the course of the talks the Brazilian party noted that Russia was an important trade partner of Brazil and requested the Rosselkhoznadzor to re-send the copies of the test reports and veterinary certificates via e-mail in order to conduct investigations.

When the Roselkhoznadzor requested to report on control measures implemented to prevent the import of products obtained from animals raised with growth stimulants added to Russia, the Brazilian party failed to respond.

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http://www.fsvps.ru/fsvps/news/23883.html?_language=en Rosselkhoznadzor Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0300
Participation of Rosselkhoznadzor Delegation in 30th Conference of OIE Regional Commission for Asia, Far East and Oceania in Putrajaya, Malaysia http://www.fsvps.ru/fsvps/news/23855.html?_language=en The delegation of the Rosselkhoznadzor lead by Director of the FGBI “VGNKI” Vyacheslav Nikulin and Director of the FGBI “ARRIAH” Dmitry Lozovoy took part in the opening ceremony of the 30th Conference of the Regional Commission of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) for Asia, the Far East and Oceania in Putrajaya, Malaysia. In the course of the ceremony presentations were made by OIE Director General Dr. Monique Eloit, Secretary-General of Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry of Malaysia Ismail Bakar and several delegates of the OIE member-countries of the said region.

In her presentation devoted to the OIE Sixth Strategic Plan and its implementation in Asia, the Far East and Oceania region Monique Eloit pointed out the insufficient activity of the countries of the region in submitting comments within the framework of the efforts aimed at the update of the OIE regulations in the context of increasing epizootic risks.

Monique Eloit focused on the lack of coordination between the delegates and the contact persons from the OIE member-countries, which in its turn calls into question the effectiveness of the conducted activities.

Within the framework of the event an agreement was reached by the Russian delegation to hold bilateral working meetings with OIE Director General Monique Eloit in order to discuss issues concerning the development of cooperation and Australian Chief Veterinary Officer Mark Shipp. 

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http://www.fsvps.ru/fsvps/news/23855.html?_language=en Rosselkhoznadzor Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0300
Rosselkhoznadzor Participated in 7-th Session of Joint Russian-Namibian Intergovernmental Commission for Trade and Economic Cooperation in Windhoek, Namibia http://www.fsvps.ru/fsvps/news/23851.html?_language=en

In the period from November 14 to November 16, 2017 the representatives of the Rosselkhoznadzor as members of the Russian delegation chaired by RF Deputy Prime Minister and the Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Yury P. Trutnev took part in the preparation and holding of the 7-th session of the Joint Russian-Namibian Intergovernmental Commission for Trade and Economic Cooperation in Windhoek, Namibia, followed by the signing of the relevant protocol.

Within the Commission Assistant to the Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Vasily V. Lavrovsky took part in the meeting between Yury P. Trutnev and Director General of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry Petrus Uugwenda and discussed the current cooperation issues with Head of the Directorate of Veterinary Services of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry of the Republic of Namibia Dr. Albertina Shilongo. The interlocutors confirmed the importance of business contact development for the swift implementation of the agreements reached in the course of the Commission session.

The parties noted with satisfaction that the agreements of the previous session of the Commission had been fully implemented. In particular, the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry of Namibia submitted the official information on the requirements for the import of meat, poultry and dairy products as well as of honey, grain and grain processing products to the competent authorities. The Russian party reiterated the high standards of Russian product safety and expressed readiness to ensure their compliance with the Namibian requirements.

In the course of the Commission session the parties initialled 3 veterinary certificates for the export of milk and dairy products, poultry meat and honey to Namibia. The work on veterinary certificates for beef, lamb and goat meat export will be continued alongside the assessment process of the Russian veterinary surveillance system and of measures taken to control FMD in Russia.

For this purpose the Russian party invited the veterinary authorities of Namibia to pay a visit to Russia. Within the framework of the visit the Namibian specialists will be able to familiarize themselves with the activities of the Rosselkhoznadzor authorities, the veterinary services of the RF subjects, scientific research institutes and analytical laboratories subordinated to the Rosselkhoznadzor in order to establish scientific and technical cooperation and share experience in the field of highly dangerous disease control.

Taking into account the interest of the Namibian party the Russian party proposed seeking opportunities to arrange the training of Namibian agriculture and veterinary specialists in Russian educational and research institutions.

In addition to that the Russian party expressed interest in exporting fish, marine products and fish products, ready-to-eat meat products and preserved meat and requested for the relevant import requirements. The Namibian party undertook to submit the said requirements before the end of January, 2018.

In return, the Russian party notified the Veterinary Services of Namibia that model veterinary certificates for beef, lamb and goat meat export from Namibia to the Russian Federation had been harmonized and submitted to the Rosselkhoznadzor Territorial Administrations.

It was the outbreak of foot-and-mouth-disease in Namibia that became the temporary obstacle for the launch of beef, lamb and goat meat export from Namibia to the Russian Federation. In this respect the Namibian party pledged to submit the official explanation concerning the existing national measures for FMD control to the Russian competent authorities through the official channels before the end of November, 2017.

With respect to Russian grain supplies to Namibia the Namibian party has no complaints as regards grain safety and quality. In the course of the talks the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry informed the Russian party about the on-going issuance of permits for the import of 12,000 tons of wheat.

The parties agreed to enhance the cooperation between the surveillance services in order to establish favourable conditions for the mutual agricultural product trade.

Summing up the meeting the Co-Chairmen of the Intergovernmental Commission positively evaluated the agreements reached by the surveillance authorities within the framework of the activities of the Russian-Namibian Intergovernmental Commission and expressed hope for the development of food product turnover between the countries.

 

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http://www.fsvps.ru/fsvps/news/23851.html?_language=en Rosselkhoznadzor Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0300
Rosselkhoznadzor Meeting with Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs of Republic of Korea http://www.fsvps.ru/fsvps/news/23820.html?_language=en On November 17, 2017 the Rosselkhoznadzor representatives held negotiations with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs of the Republic of Korea (MAFRA) in Seoul.

The parties discussed the procedure for access of Russian meat products to the Korean market.

The Korean side reported that the access procedure includes disease risk assessment, provision of answers to the questionnaire, conducting an on-site inspection to assess the veterinary surveillance system and the activity of individual establishments, the formulation of requirements for import of a particular type of product, and the harmonization of veterinary certificates.

During the meeting, the Rosselkhoznadzor provided the Korean counterparts with answers to the questionnaire required for risk analysis when importing poultry meat to the territory of the Republic of Korea from the Russian Federation. The Korean side assured that it would provide its comments on the provided answers. In addition, the Russian side will send a request for conducting regionalization of the territory of Russia with regard to highly pathogenic avian influenza and obtaining access for products from disease-free regions.

The Korean side also said that the issue of admitting Russian beef to the Korean market shall be considered taking into account the latest outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the Republic of Bashkortostan and the need to recover Russia's status as a country with FMD-free zone without vaccination. In this regard, the Rosselkhoznadzor will prepare all necessary materials and send them to the Korean side.

Concerning the possibility of pork deliveries, it was noted that due to Russia's infected status for African swine fever, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs of the Republic of Korea will need an official request for zoning of the territory of Russia for the said disease. Currently, the Russian side is preparing a letter, as well as information on ASF spread control measures.

Concerning ready-to-eat livestock products, the Korean side reported that this issue is within the competence of the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety of the Republic of Korea. 

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http://www.fsvps.ru/fsvps/news/23820.html?_language=en Rosselkhoznadzor Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0300
Meeting Between Rosselkhoznadzor and Representatives of Republic of Serbia on Import of Serbian Plant Products http://www.fsvps.ru/fsvps/news/23819.html?_language=en The working meeting of the Rosselkhoznadzor senior management with the representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of the Republic of Serbia was held on November 16, 2017.

From the Russian side the meeting was led by Deputy Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Yulia Shvabauskene, the Serbian delegation was headed by State Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of the Republic of Serbia Bogdan Igich.

During the meeting import conditions for Serbian plant products to the Russian Federation, in particular, fresh apples, were discussed.

Recently, when importing regulated products to the Russian Federation from the Republic of Serbia, the Rosselkhoznadzor officials repeatedly detected violations of Russian and international legislation in the field of plant quarantine, namely, the identification of quarantine pests for Russia.

In addition, during document checking , the following violations were often detected: absence of phytosanitary certificates issued by the National Organization for Quarantine and Protection of the Republic of Serbia, lack of information regarding the place of production, despite the obligation to state it in accordance with the requirements of the Rosselkhoznadzor. In order to exclude the possibility of adulteration of Serbian products and to prevent import of products of unknown origin and banned for import products into the territory of the Russian Federation, the Russian side drew the attention of the Serbian colleagues to the need to indicate in the accompanying documents information not only about the supplier of the product, but also about the place of production.

In addition, the Rosselkhoznadzor addressed to the Serbian side with a request to provide information on the volume of production and types of plant products grown in Serbia and exported to Russia.

The violations identified in recent months are of concern to the Rosselkhoznadzor. In their turn, the representatives of the Republic of Serbia assured that they will take the following measures to prevent introduction of unsafe products to Russia: at the legislative level the manufacturers will be obliged to conduct more thorough phytosanitary control in Serbia, and will strengthen control of the products supplied to Russia.

The Serbian colleagues highly appreciated the methods used and the Rosselkhoznadzor laboratory technical equipment. Recently, the Serbian delegation visited the FGBI “VNIIKR” and in practice examined the work of Russian experts in identifying quarantine pests on grape seedlings and ascertained reliability of the conducted studies and the transparency of the Rosselkhoznadzor activities.

The representatives of the Republic of Serbia also expressed a desire to promote cooperation between scientists of the two countries in terms of diagnosis and monitoring of plant diseases.

The parties agreed to start practical cooperation on traceability with the help of the module - "Argus-fito". After the official request is received, the Russian side will send all necessary information to Serbia for access to the system.

During the discussion the Serbian colleagues also expressed a wish to start using the MERCURY information system. They mentioned that they had sent the Rosselkhoznadzor a list of veterinarians authorized to issue certificates. The Rosselkhoznadzor specialists reported that they had sent to the Serbian colleagues details and access codes, and offered to conduct a distant training (in a videoconference format) on how to operate the information system.

At the end of the meeting Julia Schwabauskenė again drew the attention of Serbian colleagues to the need to strengthen control and supervision measures with regard to products exported to Russia and to update the list of Serbian suppliers. In its turn the Rosselkhoznadzor is always open for a dialogue, and is ready to provide the methodological and scientific help to their colleagues. 

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http://www.fsvps.ru/fsvps/news/23819.html?_language=en Rosselkhoznadzor Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0300
Visit of Russian Delegation to Hong Kong http://www.fsvps.ru/fsvps/news/23775.html?_language=en On November 15, 2017 in Hong Kong the Rosselkhoznadzor representatives held a working meeting with Dr. Philip Ho – the newly appointed Chief Health Inspector (for import and export ) of the Food Safety Center for the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department of the Hong Kong SAR (Special Administrative Region).

In the course of the meeting the key areas of cooperation between the two agencies regarding issues of Russian livestock product supply from Russia to Hong Kong were discussed. The Hong Kong side confirmed receipt of materials necessary for risk assessment of Russian pork and poultry imports to Hong Kong and promised to report on the results of their consideration in the near future. In its turn, the Hong Kong colleagues asked the Rosselkhoznadzor to provide a number of additional materials on control of avian influenza, ASF, salmonellosis, and also regarding the laboratory control system for banned and harmful substances in Russian meat products.

Taking into account that the risk assessment procedure of Russian beef supplies has already been completed, after a final evaluation of all materials the Hong Kong Inspection Group will visit the Russian Federation to review the system of veterinary and sanitary inspection, the control procedure at border inspection posts, the work of veterinary laboratories, and to visit livestock breeding farms and meat-processing establishments producing beef, pork and poultry. This visit is scheduled for the first half of 2018.

The parties also touched upon the issue of export of ready-to-eat livestock products to Hong Kong. The representatives of the Hong Kong side confirmed that specialized control measures for the supply of such products are not applied, and consignments can be accompanied by an export certificate issued by the Russian veterinary service. It was also noted that the products must comply with the requirements of Hong Kong regarding the content of banned substances. These regulatory documents will soon be provided by the Hong Kong agency and posted on the official website of the Rosselkhoznadzor. 

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http://www.fsvps.ru/fsvps/news/23775.html?_language=en Rosselkhoznadzor Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0300
Meeting Between Rosselkhoznadzor and Representatives of Kingdom of Morocco on Export of Russian Animal Products http://www.fsvps.ru/fsvps/news/23707.html?_language=en The welcoming meeting between the Rosselkhoznadzor and representatives of the Sanitary and Food Safety National Office of the Kingdom of Morocco was held on November 13, 2017. The foreign colleagues arrived in Russia to inspect Russian establishments for compliance with the requirements of the Moroccan veterinary and sanitary legislation, as well as to familiarize themselves with the official system of veterinary state control of livestock product safety in Russia. The representatives of the Kingdom of Morocco also expressed a desire to study the control procedure of livestock products on the state border in order to fully consider the possibility of opening exports to the Kingdom of Morocco.

The Rosselkhoznadzor specialists spoke about the types of state veterinary surveillance and control, as well as presented the structure of the Rosselkhoznadzor and the information system complex established by the Service , which is aimed at ensuring traceability of products and preserving the epizootic and food safety of the country.

Thus, the MERCURY system provides electronic certification of regulated consignments, it allows tracking their movement through the territory of the country and the EAEC. The VESTA program contains laboratory data for testing samples of regulated products in the field of diagnostics, food safety, food and feed quality, etc., including those carried out within the framework of the state program. The experts noted that about 7 million of such studies are conducted annually.

The ARGUS system allows to carry out automated veterinary control on the external border of the Russian Federation and within the framework of the EAEC. 

The representatives of the Kingdom of Morocco were impressed by such close and high-quality control, and also expressed interest in establishing cooperation in the field of practical application of electronic product certification systems.

In the framework of the discussion, the representatives of the Kingdom of Morocco noted that the Rosselkhoznadzor requirements for food safety are stricter than in other countries, in particular than the requirements of the Codex Alimentarius (note - the set of food international standards adopted by the International Commission of FAO / WHO on the implementation of the Code of Standards and Rules for food products), and the work to maintain the process at such a high level is difficult and deserves the utmost respect.

The representatives of Morocco were also interested in technical issues related to the permissible standards of residual harmful substances in Russia for meat products intended for export. This information was provided to the Moroccan side by experts of the FGBI "VGNKI" subordinated to the Rosselkhoznadzor during a visit to the institute.

Also, in accordance with the inspection program the visit of the delegation to the FGBI "ARRIAH" is to take place in order to get an insight into the latest data on cattle diseases, the epizootic situation in Russia, as well as methods of diagnosis and prevention of the above mentioned diseases. 

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http://www.fsvps.ru/fsvps/news/23707.html?_language=en Rosselkhoznadzor Mon, 13 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0300
Rosselkhoznadzor Meeting with Representatives of the Embassy of New Zealand http://www.fsvps.ru/fsvps/news/23679.html?_language=en On November 9, 2017 a technical meeting between the Rosselkhoznadzor and the representatives of the Embassy of New Zealand involving representatives of the Eurasian Economic Commission and the FGBI "All-Russian Plant Quarantine Center " was held in Moscow. At the meeting the issues of New Zealand food supplies to the Russian market, in particular, fresh apples, were discussed. The parties also considered the issues related to the application of the Uniform phytosanitary requirements of the Eurasian Economic Union in the field of plant quarantine that entered into force on July 1, 2017.

With a view to have a constructive dialogue on these issues, the parties expressed their intention to hold technical consultations of specialists of national quarantine and plant protection organizations of the Russian Federation and New Zealand in a videoconference format. 

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http://www.fsvps.ru/fsvps/news/23679.html?_language=en Rosselkhoznadzor Fri, 10 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0300