Deputy Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Aleksey Saurin sent a letter to Christianne Bruschke, Head of the Veterinary Services of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.
In the letter he expressed his regret at the fact that the Dutch veterinary services had not yet provided the Rosselkhoznadzor with documents confirming that violations detected during inspection in November last year were corrected. Neither have they provided updated lists of Dutch plants complying with veterinary and sanitary requirements and standards of the Customs Union and Russia. Absence of measures that shall be taken by the Dutch veterinary competent authorities ensuring safety of exported animal products demonstrates that the guarantees provided by these authorities are formal. Based on the guarantees more than 80% of Dutch plants were included into the list of third countries approved to export to Russia.
Taking into account these circumstances, the Rosselkhoznadzor considered it necessary to impose temporary restrictions on import of chilled beef, pork and poultry meat from the Netherlands to Russia from the 29th of March. In case such upgraded lists of plants complying with the CU requirements are not provided before the 12th of April 2013, the Rosselkhoznadzor will have to take additional restrictive measures in relation to animal products imported from the Netherlands to Russia.
Friday March 22, 2013/ Rosselkhoznadzor/ Russia.