Russia plans Polish meat inspections
Inspections of animal production establishments in
Poland by Russia will go ahead, according to an EU official.
An EU official confirmed that nonetheless the inspections
of Polish meat establishments are expected to begin on the 5th of February and
will be carried out by the Russian authorities and the Food and Veterinary
EU commissioner Kyprianou met Russian agriculture
minister Alexei Gordeyev in Berlin two weeks ago, but was unable to draw any
assurances from Russia that it would drop its ban on imports of Polish animal
The commissioner offered written assurances that Poland was
in compliance with EU and Russian food safety standards, but the Russians said
they needed time to examine the documents provided by the Commission before they
could make a decision on the issue.
According to press reports, the
letter received by the EU last week shows that Russia is not ready to lift the
year-long ban for meat from Poland.
The Russians claim meat from
Poland is unsafe, because these transports could contain traces from possibly
inferior quality meat from Bulgaria or Romania, who have joined the EU as from
January of this year.
and Veterinary Office
â€¢ European Union
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