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Τετάρτη, 26 Ιουνίου 2013 10:26

Rosselkhoznadzor Sent Letter to General Directorate of Veterinary Services of Greece

Today Yevgeny Nepoklonov, the Deputy Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor, has sent a letter to Eleni Protopapa, the Head of the General Directorate of Veterinary Services of Greece, which says that during the inspection of Greek plants conducted by the Rosselkhoznadzor specialists on June 10-21, 2013 a number of systemic violations of Russian and CU veterinary and sanitary requirements and standards were detected.

In particular, the CU and Russian veterinary and sanitary requirements and standards were not brought to the notice of every exporter by the State Veterinary Service of Greece. No documented evidence that the inspected plants were checked by the State Veterinary Service of Greece to determine whether they were able to meet the CU and Russian veterinary and sanitary requirements and standards was provided in the course of the inspection. Specialists working at the plants and responsible for the food safety control are not aware of the CU and Russian veterinary and sanitary requirements and standards. In the production cycle a number of inspected plants use raw materials from another plants which are not authorized for the export into Russia and which consignments were temporarily restricted by Russia. Further, it was impossible to make sure that the raw materials had not been used in the products which were then exported into Russia. No documented evidence that animal products exported into Russia were subject to the laboratory testing for their safety criteria which is envisaged by the CU and Russian veterinary and sanitary requirements and standards was provided in the course of inspection. No documented evidence of the presence of inspectors from the State Veterinary Service of Greece who certify animal products for export into Russia and the CU at the plants during the product shipping was provided.

Yevgeny Nepoklonov noted that on the basis of the detected violations it may be concluded that the Veterinary Service of Greece had provided non-reliable veterinary certification of animal products intended for the export into the CU. Taking into account that the majority of Greek plants were included into the List of the third countries on the basis of the guarantees given by the Veterinary Service of Greece and in order to avoid mass restrictions on products exported form Greece into Russia the Rosselkhoznadzor requested to suspend the certification of Greek plants exporting into Russia and to negotiate with the Rosselkhoznadzor as soon as possible (on the week from July 1, 2013). 

Source: Rosselkhoznadzor