ASF leads Russia to refuse Belarusian feed additives

20-05-2015 | | |
ASF leads Russia to refuse Belarusian feed additives

Russian veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor has sent 20 tonnes of feed additives back to Belarus, after traces of meat and bone meal were found in it, which increases the risk of spreading African Swine Fever (ASF).

Also, Rosselhoznadzor banned the import of feed additives produced by the Belinichensky protein plant and vitamin and mineral supplements of Belarusian company Ecomol Agro. Apparently these supplements did not contain any traces of animal ingredients, so it remains unclear why Rosselhoznadzor returned it to the producers.

Accused of hiding outbreaks of ASF

At the same time, experts note that outbreaks of ASF officially have not been confirmed in Belarus since 2014 and almost all regions of the country currently have the status ‘free from ASF’. The current situation indicates that the Russian veterinary body doesn’t trust the data of their Belarusian colleagues. Belarus previously has been accused of hiding outbreaks of ASF, as the country’s authorities were afraid that it would severely affect their export of pork and lots of other products.

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Vladislav Vorotnikov Eastern Europe correspondent