The negotiations were held on the initiative of the Belarusian side on the 13th of April and were devoted to resuming pork and beef imports from meat-processing plants of Belarus.
The Rosselkhoznadzor representatives clarified that in order to consider the issue of pork imports to Russia from the mentioned plants the competent authorities of the Republic of Belarus shall make sure that the plants are ready to comply with the veterinary and sanitary requirements and norms of the Eurasian Economic Union taking into account systemic shortcomings detected by the Russian experts in December 2014 and in January and March 2015 during the carried out inspections.
In addition to it, the Belarusian side will have to complete the investigation into the source of ASF genome in Belarusian products that was detected earlier by the Rosselkhoznadzor in 2014. The sides agreed that it is required to send all the necessary information to the Rosselkhoznadzor as soon as possible to further work on the raised issue and to carry out another inspection at the plants. The negotiations resulted in a harmonized joint action plan ensuring safety of imported pork products from Russia to Belarus. In particular, the Belarusian veterinary experts got familiar with the system of biological control implemented at 3 Russian plants. After the visit the Belarusian side expressed satisfaction with the applied biosafety system and raised an issue of putting amendments into the Belarusian legislation that will enable to export Russian products to Belarus from some particular large plants, well protected from biological risks.
Wednesday April 13, 2015/ Rosselkhoznadzor/ Russia.