FRANCE/RUSSIA - The French beef and pork exports and veterinary authorities have reached an agreement with the Russian authorities to resume exports of offal, cattle fat and meat based feed.
The implementation of the agreement remains subject to an inspection visit to French exporting meat plants by Russian veterinary experts.
These visits are expected to be arranged shortly in talks between the French and Russian health authorities.
This protocol was also signed by three other countries, Denmark, Holland and Italy.
These cattle products that are the subject of the agreement had been embargoed by Russia since 21 October because of fraud.
The renewal of exports of offal and pork fat was also part of the talks in Moscow.
However, an export health certificate for pig meat to the Russian Federation cannot be part of a bilateral agreement and cannot be signed without approval from the European Commission.
The French meat union SNIV-SNCP is part of an INAPORC delegation that met with the new European Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan to discuss exports to Russia.
The meat union said that the resumption of exports to the Russian Federation by the end of the year would be highly beneficial to the French cattle and pig sectors.
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