On January 26, the Deputy Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Konstantin Savenkov held talks with the Acting Chairman of the Veterinary Control and Supervision Committee of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan Gulzhan Nurtazina in the video conference format.
During the negotiations, the parties discussed lifting of epidemic restrictions in accordance with the legislation of the Eurasian Economic Union and the recommendations of the OIE Terrestrial Code and further steps to integrate national information systems in the field of veterinary certification.
In early December 2020, the Rosselkhoznadzor was informed that due to unfavourable epidemic situation in the border areas of the Russian Federation and a high risk of ASF introduction with animals and animal products imported into the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Veterinary Control and Supervision Committee of the Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan imposes temporary restrictions on import or transit of live pigs and pork products from the Republic of Altai, Kurgan, Novosibirsk, Saratov oblasts and the Altai Krai from December 18, 2020.
However, as Konstantin Savenkov stressed, when introducing restrictions, the Kazakh party did not provide the Russian colleagues with the risk assessment analysis. In addition, the implemented regionalization and compartmentalization systems in conjunction with the FGIS Mercury allow blocking the possibility to export ASFV-infected pig products from the Russian Federation. At present, an effective system aimed at control of Russian manufacturers and exporters of products has been established. So, according to the Deputy Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Konstantin Savenkov, only in 2020, due to the detected violations, the Rosselkhoznadzor restricted the product export from 93 Russian establishments.
Every year about 2 thousand declarations of conformity are revoked in the Russian Federation. We do not make any concessions to foreign businesses or domestic establishments, Konstantin Savenkov said.
At the same time, the Rosselkhoznadzor has not yet received information from its Kazakh colleagues on the results of the investigation into the import of high-risk pig products from the territory of the European Union to consignees from the Republic of Kazakhstan. These cases were detected by the Russian and Belarusian competent authorities in 2019-2020. The documents accompanying the consignment turned out to be fake.
The parties also discussed further actions in the process of integrating national information systems in the field of veterinary certification.
Within two days, the competent authorities will hold technical consultations on the removal of epidemic restrictions and continue activities on the integration of the information systems.