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Head of Rosselkhoznadzor Sergey Dankvert Held Talks with Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food of Republic of Belarus Ivan Smilgin

The meeting of Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Sergey Dankvert and Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food of the Republic of Belarus, Director of the Department of Veterinary and Food Supervision Ivan Smilgin was held in Moscow today.

The main topic of the dialogue was the discrepancy between the data in the ARGUS system and the data provided by the Department of Veterinary and Food Surveillance of the Republic of Belarus on the volumes of dairy products supplied to Russia.

In particular, the parties discussed the probable reasons for the discrepancy between the information and agreed that the Department of Veterinary and Food Surveillance will conduct a thorough revision of the volumes and analysis of the information received within the next two weeks. After that an additional meeting will be held, at which the parties plan to develop an effective mechanism for confirming the volumes of dairy products supplied from the Republic of Belarus to Russia, taking into account the use of the system of electronic veterinary certification. At present, most of the agricultural goods coming from Belarus to Russia are already accompanied by electronic documents.

At the talks Sergey Dankvert noted that the trade processes between Russia and Belarus shall be built on equivalent approaches to ensuring safety and quality of products transported between the countries, based on the membership of both states in the EAEU. Accordingly, both sides shall be guided by unified documents in their activities, in particular, technical regulations of the Customs Union, as well as use equivalent methods when conducting state laboratory monitoring and research of regulated products. In this vein the Rosselkhoznadzor was surprised at the distrust and consequent reluctance of Belarus to participate in interlaboratory proficiency testing, provided by the Russian institutions. Proficiency tests are conducted to confirm the achieved level of measurement accuracy and the competence of participating laboratories. At the same time, the samples submitted by the provider for testing are encrypted, which prevents biased results.

In addition, the Rosselkhoznadzor reported that the information received from the Belarusian side on the results of monitoring research carried out in relation to establishments producing dairy and meat products and their suppliers of raw materials for compliance with the requirements of the Eurasian Economic Union does not fully meet the agreements set out in the road map. The list of missing documents that shall be sent by the Belarusian side to the Rosselkhoznadzor (test reports, validation/verification reports, etc.) will be sent to the Department of Veterinary and Food Inspection in the near future. 

Sep 6, 2018

Categorys: Events , Veterinary , Administration , Import. Export. Transit