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Rosselkhoznadzor Held Talks with Singapore Food Agency on Meat Product Supplies from Russia

On March 9, talks between Assistant to the Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Artem Daushev and the representatives of the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) were held through video conferencing.

During the meeting, attended by the specialists of the Rosselkhoznadzor subordinate Federal Centre for Animal Health (FGBI “ARRIAH”), the parties discussed Russian meat product supplies to the Republic of Singapore.

In particular, the issue was raised of conducting video inspections of Russian poultry meat suppliers by the Singaporean competent authority. According to the foreign colleagues, the country’s work on the development of a legal framework to regulate such video inspections is nearing completion; time periods for conducting inspection of Russian establishments will be determined upon completion of this work.

However, as Artem Daushev emphasized, the Russian party would insist that the video inspection of the Russian participants of foreign economic activities be conducted earlier. Assistant to the Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Artem Daushev said, “A pilot inspection conducted by the Singaporean competent authority in actual practice will allow for the completion of work on regulatory documents”.

Besides, the Russian party suggested that the SFA should consider the possibility of including Russian establishments in the list of establishments authorized for export based on guarantees from the Rosselkhoznadzor. Video materials can be provided to the foreign authority to prove that Russian suppliers comply with all the requirements of the Russian Federation and international legislation as regards the production and export of meat products.

The parties agreed to resume the discussion of that issue in the near future.

In the course of the talks, the parties also discussed the perspectives of Russian pork access to the Singaporean market. The Rosselkhoznadzor had previously sent to the SFA the replies to the questions of the Singapore Food Agency regarding the supplies of the said products from Russia. According to Artem Daushev, regionalization and compartmentalization systems implemented by the Russian Federation, together with FGIS “Mercury”, allow for complete blocking of ASF-infected pig product supplies from the territory of the Russian Federation. An effective system has been established to control Russian producers and suppliers of products. The Singaporean competent authority will transmit comments on the obtained materials to the Russian party in the near future.

During the meeting, the SFA representatives also thanked the Rosselkhoznadzor for the lifting of restrictions on seafood supplies to the Russian Federation from one of Singaporean establishments. The said products may be supplied to Russia as from March 9, 2021.

At the end of the talks, the parties thanked each other for effective work to improve bilateral trade relations and expressed confidence in further building of confidence between the Russian and Singaporean competent authorities. 

Mar 9, 2021

Categorys: Veterinary , Import. Export. Transit