The videoconference between the Rosselkhoznadzor and the Food Agency of the Republic of Singapore (SFA) was held on August 6.
During the meeting the issue of poultry, pork and beef supplies from Russia to Singapore was discussed. In particular, the Russian side noted that it had previously forwarded materials to the foreign colleagues with information on thirteen establishments interested in exporting such products to the Republic. The SFA had already reviewed the documents for three pork manufacturers and one poultry establishment. The Singapore competent authority shall visit the Russian Federation and carry out onsite inspections of the manufacturers so that the export of regulated goods from Russia can be launched.
The Russian side proposed to the SFA to consider the possibility of including Russian establishments in the list of establishments authorized for export under the guarantees of the Rosselkhoznadzor. However, the Singaporean colleagues noted with regret that to date no meat supplies from the Russian Federation to Singapore have been carried out, and they cannot accept such an approach at the moment. The Rosselkhoznadzor remarked that it would give instructions to the Russian establishments that have already been authorized for export to Singapore.
During the talks, it was also noted that the SFA representatives forwarded a number of questions to the Rosselkhoznadzor regarding the supply of pork from Russia. The Russian Authority representatives reported that they had received them in early August and had already begun to prepare responses.
In the context of beef export, it was noted that in February this year the Rosselkhoznadzor had forwarded information on the volume and structure of bovine meat production in Russia to the SFA. In addition, a revised dossier on the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) situation in the Russian Federation is underway to be submitted to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The document will allow Russia to receive the status of a country with BSE controlled risk, which means that the results of long-term surveillance have shown absence of the BSE pathogen circulation in the animal population.
It was also said that Russia has agreements with a number of Asian countries regulating the procedure for beef exports from Russian establishments. The Rosselkhoznadzor proposed to the SFA to consider a similar approach, and on this issue it received approval from the Singapore side. In this regard, the Russian Authority will forward for study a similar agreement based on the current agreements with other countries in the near future.
The SFA representatives said that a study was conducted to find out which meat products are in top demand in Singapore. It turned out that, primarily, poultry meat and pork are demanded. Singapore is interested in importing beef from other countries to a lesser extent.
The Singaporean side also recalled that several years ago the Rosselkhoznadzor revealed incompliances with the requirements of the Russian Federation and the EAEU in the fish products supplied to Russia from the Singaporean manufacturer. Subsequently a ban on the import into the country of regulated goods of this manufacturer was introduced. The Rosselkhoznadzor noted that it had previously requested information about the investigation conducted to find out the reasons for these incompliances. However, no response has yet been received from the SFA. The Singaporean colleagues announced that they are preparing a response to this request.
The parties thanked each other for holding the negotiations and outlined ways to resolve the issues raised.