Negotiations between the Rosselkhoznadzor and New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries officials were held within the 87th General Session of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) in Paris on May 27, 2019. The Russian delegation was headed by Nikolay Vlasov, Deputy Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor, and the New Zealand delegation was headed by Tony Zohrab, Chief Veterinary Officer of New Zealand.
The parties discussed outcomes of the Rosselkhoznadzor representatives’ visit to New Zealand in March 2019 aimed at gaining insight into veterinary surveillance system in the country. A provisional programme on New Zealand colleagues’ return visit for pursuing cooperation was handed in by the Rosselkhoznadzor officials. The New Zealand authority officials promised to consider it in the short term.
Also, a possibility of audit of the New Zealand veterinary surveillance system by the Rosselkhoznadzor experts including visits to New Zealand establishments intended to export their animal products to Russia was discussed. Besides, lifting of restrictions previously imposed on New Zealand establishments (dairy and meat industry) was discussed. The New Zealand party was informed that the restriction lifting could be considered following the receipt of answers to the questionnaires earlier forwarded by the Rosselkhoznadzor.
In addition, the Russian party was provided with materials on investigation carried out after ractopamine detection in meat products from New Zealand. The Rosselkhoznadzor will analyze the said materials and provide its opinion in the nearest future.
Mutual visits of the Rosselkhoznadzor-subordinated laboratory and New Zealand competent authority responsible officials for experience sharing were also discussed.
Moreover, the New Zealand party has proposed to approve veterinary certificates for animal product export from New Zealand to the Eurasian Economic Union that are distinct from the common veterinary certificate models. The parties agreed that the said issue could solved through bilateral consultations to be held in the nearest future.