The parties addressed the issues related to temporary restrictions on beef, pork and beef and pork offal deliveries to Russia from Brazil that had been imposed since December 1, 2017. The ban resulted from the detection of ractopamine (a muscle growth stimulant for animals that is prohibited in Russia) in meat products imported from Brazil.
The Rosselkhoznadzor informed that up to the present moment it had not received information, including copies of test reports and other evidence, from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply of Brazil about the investigation conducted with respect to the causes of the presence of ractopamine in meat products exported to Russia.
The Rosselkhoznadzor reminded Cosam de Carvalho Coutinho that since 2013 the Service had been working extensively with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply of Brazil on arranging supplies of animal products that were compliant with legal requirements as regards the absence of ractopamine to Russia. The complicated talks as well as the measures taken by the Brazilian party culminated in the commitment made by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply of Brazil to supply only the products manufactured from meat derived from animals that were raised without ractopamine to Russia. However, in 2017 the prohibited stimulant was detected in Brazilian meat products again indicating the low efficiency of the official control system as regards the absence of prohibited growth stimulants.
Discussion of the issue of lifting the imposed restrictions can become relevant unless and until the Rosselkhoznadzor has obtained all the necessary information and subsequent talks between technical specialists have been held.
Thursday April 5, 2018/ Rosselkhoznadzor/ Russia.