Russia Continues Meat Plant Inspections In Brazil

RUSSIA - Russian veterinary inspectors will complete their inspections of Brazilian meat plants in mid-April, but at the moment it does not appear that any new plants will be granted permission to export their products to Russia, according to the Interfax news agency.
calendar icon 30 March 2007
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Sergei Dankvert, head of the Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Control Service (Rosselkhoznadzor), denied reports that Rosselkhoznadzor is planning to re-accredit some Brazilian meat plants. He added that Brazilian plants that have violated regulations will be removed from the list of suppliers to Russia.

Dankvert noted that there is disunity between the central veterinary authority in Brazil and the veterinary agencies at the state level, which means that the central authority cannot control measures undertaken by these state agencies.

Data from Russia's Agrarian Market Affairs Institute (IKAR) reveals that Brazil exported 254,000 tonnes of beef to Russia in 2006, accounting for 40 per cent of total Russian beef imports.

Argentina, with 23 per cent of total beef imports, ranked second.

Brazil also exported 229,000 tonnes of pork to Russia last year, accounting for 37 per cent of total Russian pork imports.
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