The teleconference between Deputy Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Konstantin Savenkov and Head of the Veterinary Control Department of Food Safety and Consumer Affairs Bureau under the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan Ishikawa Kiyasu and Director of the Animal Health Department of this department Okita Masatsugu was held on July 21.
Konstantin Savenkov thanked the foreign colleagues for authorizing Russia’s export of heat-treated dairy products to Japan. The export of these goods can be carried out with provision of a corresponding certificate without additional authorization of Russian establishments by Japanese inspectors. He assured that the Rosselkhoznadzor will provide full compliance with the requirements of this country of all products supplied to the Japanese market.
The Rosselkhoznadzor raised some issues related to the possibility of Russian exports of meat and meat products. It was announced that the Japanese side would soon send questionnaires for establishments interested in the supply of poultry meat to the Russian Authority.
In addition, the Rosselkhoznadzor will forward the form of veterinary certificates for ready-to-eat meat products in casings to the foreign colleagues.
The issue of regionalization in the territory of Russia with regard to highly dangerous animal diseases, including African swine fever (ASF), was also reviewed. The Russian side will send relevant information concerning this issue to the Japanese Authority to analyze the possibility of supplying pork to this country. Konstantin Savenkov pointed out that with the introduction of the electronic veterinary certification system in Russia, it became possible to track the movement of products of animal origin at all stages of their production. He also said that special attention is paid to the biological safety at establishments producing meat and meat products in Russia.
The Deputy Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor noted that Russia is interested in the supply of bovine and small ruminant meat to the Japanese market. In this regard, he stressed that the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has officially recognized the Russian Federation as a country with FMD free zone status without vaccination. In addition, Russia is recognized as a country free from contagious bovine pleuropneumonia and peste des petits ruminants.
During the negotiations, the Rosselkhoznadzor also raised the issue of exporting feed for food-producing animals from Russia to Japan. The Japanese colleagues reported that they had received completed questionnaires from two Russian establishments for manufacturing such products. These documents are currently under study in the Russian Authority.
The Russian side also asked questions regarding the supply of horses, horse meat, alfalfa and bioproteins to the Japanese market. The Japanese Authority is presently reviewing the information provided by the Rosselkhoznadzor on these goods.
In their turn, the Japanese representatives were interested in the possibility of expanding the list of establishments supplying beef to Russia, exporting poultry meat, animal feed and organic fertilizers to the Russian Federation. The Russian Authority promised to study these issues and define their positions.
The parties thanked each other for the negotiations.