Thursday, 21 March 2013

Russia may restrict Spanish meat and milk products

SPAIN / MOSCOW (Agencies) Russia's phytosanitary and veterinary services (Rosselkhoznadzor) is preparing to order restrictions on importing meat and milk products from 614 suppliers guaranteed by Spain's veterinary services. A recent inspection by the Russians resulted in that possibility, according to Rosselkhoznadzor's spokesperson, Sergei Dankvert, who added that 19 establishments were checked, and "even if some concessions were admitted, 62% of the products do not meet our requirements." And if other things are taken into account, such as laboratory procedures, according to European regulations, "not one of the companies passes inspection." Among the deficiencies uncovered by the inspections are products that do not meet the information required by that country's Customs Union; a lack of analyses that meet the required standards, which, according to Dankvert, causes "inexact certification" of products imported by Russia. (A more detailed article on this subject will soon be available on

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