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Call for Unscheduled Inspections to Stop Mislabelling

22 March 2013

RUSSIA - The Russian meat council has called on the food safety and veterinary authority Rosselkhoznador to set up unscheduled inspections of meat plants to ensure they are complying with the regulations, in particular the labelling of the correct ingredients in products.

The meat board has become concerned that some products are being distributed without the correct ingredients on the labels.

Rosselkhoznador said that finding unspecified ingredients such as horse meat in products had shown failures in the traceability system.

THe veterinary authority said that many large vertically integrated companies with expensive assets and long standing reputations face billions of dollars of losses if foreign ingredients are found in their products.

Rosselkhoznador said that unscheduled inspections will help to reduce the risk and by shortening the supply chain the companies can enhance the safety of their products and dramatically reduce the chance of false labelling.

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