Canada: Certificates for ractopamine-free pork
Ian Alexander, head of Canadian Veterinary Services, informed Sergey Dankvert, head of the Rosselkhoznadzor, that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) had no intentions to issue veterinary certificates for meat consignments that are non-compliant to Russia/Customs Union requirements.
Each pork and beef consignment will be accompanied in addition to a veterinary certificate with a document confirming that the said consignment has been derived from animals not fed ractopamine and has tested negative by the accredited laboratory for ractopamine residues in full compliance with the Rosselkhoznadzor requirements.
Ian Alexander assured Sergey Dankvert that the certificates would be issued for those meat consignments if documentary confirmation existed that said consignments were free from ractopamine.
The requirement also applies to chilled and frozen pork and beef as well as to finished products thereof. Alexander also assured Dankvert that only raw materials from Canadian establishments authorised for export to Russia/Customs Union and complied with all their requirements were used for finished meat products exported from Canada to Russia.
Thus, four countries, Brazil, Mexico, Canada and the USA, were warned by Rosselkhoznadzor of ractopamine presence in products intended for Russian/Customs Union market was inadmissible but the USA is the only one country that has taken no measures to ensure compliance with the said requirement.
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