Russians to inspect all export companies in EU

11-02-2008 | |

Russia will inspect and certify all companies in the production and delivery chains for fresh meat of pigs, cattle, calves, poultry and horses.

Certification does not apply for primary producers.

The Russian authorities announced this recently. Without an inspection, it is not possible to export to Russia at all. The measure applies to all EU member states.

Recently, Russia announced to import more meat from the USA. The country also sent more inspectors to Brazil for more checks on export slaughterhouses.

In the Netherlands, the Dutch newspaper Agrarisch Dagblad reports, companies wishing to obtain a permit for exporting to Russia will have to register at the national product board. The board will subsequently determine the costs and also an inspection programme.

Increased imports
In 2007, Russia increased imports of meat, excluding poultry, by 8.2%, said the Russian newswire service Interfax.

Imports amounted to 1.42 million metric tonnes of meat, worth €2.34 billion in 2007, compared with 1.31 million metric tonnes worth €2.07 billion in 2006.

Meanwhile, imports of poultry meat increased to 1.287 million metric tonnes from 1.273 million metric tonnes.

Related websites:
• Agrarisch Dagblad
• Interfax

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