Russia-Denmark Agreement on Meat Product Imports28 May 2013
GLOBAL - During the OIE General Session in Paris Russia and Denmark agreed standards for the import of chilled beef, pork and fish products into Russia.
However, during the negotiations the Deputy Head of Rosselkhoznadzor Eugene Nepoklonov raised concerns with the Danish Veterinary Service over the protocols that are in place that allowed horse meat to contaminate beef products.
Mr Nepoklonov said that the EU traceability system cannot be considered effective, forcing Russia to enter into additional agreements with individual countries that are willing to provide additional assurance of product safety.
He said that the situation is further complicated because the veterinary certificate for the products from the European Union does not indicate the country of origin of the raw materials used in the manufacture of products.
He said that Rosselkhoznador was concerned that it did not have any knowledge of these products and where they came from if they were in products being sold from Denmark to Russia.
Rosselhoznadzor said it insists on the use of raw materials in the manufacture of products intended for supply to Russia, to be exclusive of Danish origin.
He stressed that the current system of monitoring products in Denmark found to be effective.
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