Russia bans the import of live pigs from Germany

10-11-2011 | |

Russia introduced a temporary ban on the import of live pigs from Germany. This was due to the delay of removing antibiotics. A temporary ban on the import of live pigs will be introduced from November 15 this year.

Rosselkhoznadzor head, Sergei Dankvert, has said that the inspection of animals has shown that the period in which antibiotics has to be removed in live pigs was not carried out by the German producers.
 “Their veterinary services gave an order that 30 days prior to delivery of the pork to Russia antibiotics should not be used, but  such an order was not given. After receiving live pigs, Russia must hold them for another month, because a week ago, antibiotics were used,” said the head of Rosselkhoznadzor.
The Federal Veterinary Service of Germany informed Rosselkhoznadzor, that they are not ready to give guarantees of production safety yet. “We need a guarantee. While German services cannot provide them to us, the supply of live pigs from Germany will be temporarily suspended,” said Dankvert.

The main problem is that the  Veterinary Service of Germany has no authority to check federal lands and in fact it is only able to convey assurance from local manufacturers to the Russian side. 

 (By Vladimir Vorotnikov)