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Wednesday, 28 August 2013 14:52

Negotiations between the Rosselkhoznadzor and the Ministry of Rural Development and Food of Greece

Dimitris Melas, General Secretary for Agricultural Policy and International Relations of the Ministry of Rural Development and Food of Greece, assured the Rosselkhoznadzor officers that Greece does its best to correct deficiencies identified during the inspection of Greek exporting plants by the Russian experts. In particular, the producers were addressed letters informing them on the CU requirements on food safety as well as two workshops (in Athens and Thessalonica) were organized. The establishments are being checked and deficiencies are being corrected.

Alexander Ponomaryov, Deputy Head of the Department for Veterinary Surveillance on the RF Border, Transport and for Cooperation with Foreign Veterinary Services, explained that the current situation related to the safety of controlled good supplies aroused great concern of the Rosselkhoznadzor, first of all, due to systemic character of detected non-compliances. Such non-compliances were detected not only during plant inspections but also during food safety laboratory monitoring. During the current year five microbially contaminated consignments have been identified. In addition, border control demonstrated cases of non-compliance between the accompanying documents and consignments. Some consignments were detected coming from the establishments not authorized for exportation and from the establishments currently under exportation restrictions. An extremely grave violation is involvement of raw materials from the plants not included in the List of Establishment Authorized for Exportation in the CU Countries during manufacturing of goods intended for Customs Union. The Rosselkhoznadzor also has questions on the efficiency of the Greek system of product laboratory monitoring. Under the current conditions the Greek Veterinary Service should perform its own inspection of the plants interested in exportation in the CU and renew the existing list by excluding the plants unable to comply with the RF and CU requirements. As soon as the inspections are over the relative documents concerning each establishment should be submitted to the Rosselkhoznadzor. The exportation resumption will be possible following examination of the submitted data by the Rosselkhoznadzor experts and following new inspection of Greek establishments by the Rosselkhoznadzor experts and by the Veterinary Services of other CU member-countries: Belarus and Kazakhstan. Inclusion of new establishments in the List of Third Country Establishments Authorized for Exportation to the CU Countries will be possible only after their inspection. In addition, the Greek Veterinary Service should improve efficiency of laboratory monitoring of food safety compliance with the Customs Union requirements. Dimitris Melas promised to submit to the Rosselkhoznadzor data on examination of inspection report on Greek establishments by the end of September and data on the establishments’ inspection by the Greek Veterinary Service would be submitted later.

Source: Rosselkhoznadzor