Russian watchdog to revise system for Canadian meat shipments

January 17, 2014 RBTH, Interfax
Russia's Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Oversight Service (Rosselkhoznadzor) will be revising the country's system for importing Canadian meat.

Russia's Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Oversight Service (Rosselkhoznadzor) will be revising the country's system for importing Canadian meat.

"During the course of negotiations with the leadership of the Canadian food service in Berlin, we did not sign a protocol on ensuring the safety of meat deliveries in connection with the use of ractopamine [a muscle growth stimulant] and we will need to revise the system of meat shipments from that country," Rosselkhoznadzor chief Sergei Dankvert told Interfax.

During the talks it was explained that the Canadian food service is now answerable not only to the Agriculture Ministry, but also to the Health Ministry, Dankvert said. Canada did not inform Rosselkhoznadzor of this in timely fashion.

"And we now don't understand how food safety is to be provided, although the situation with ractopamine speaks to the fact that control has to be strengthened," he said.

"Those mechanisms that were declared by [our] Canadian colleagues were 'tied' to the Agriculture Ministry. How authorities will be distributed with the Healthcare Ministry is yet unknown," he said.

Because of this confusion, no protocol was signed, Dankvert said.

The changes Canada has made regarding the service compel the making of changes to documents Russian and Canada have signed concerning agricultural product and food, Dankvert said.

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