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Negotiations between Rosselkhoznadzor and Saudi Food & Drug Authority (SFDA)

A conference call was held between officials of the Rosselkhoznadzor and the Saudi Food & Drug Authority (SFDA). The Russian side confirmed its interest in arranging inspections of Russian meat processing plants (processing beef, mutton, poultry meat) keen to export to Saudi Arabia and ensuring compliance with corresponding export requirements.

During the negotiations the Rosselkhoznadzor clarified the details about the audit team and requested data for SFDA delegation visa support. The SFDA officials pledged to send the requested information as soon as possible.

The SFDA representatives expressed their intention to inspect 5 livestock producers (poultry meat, including turkey meat, meat from cattle and small ruminants), to visit farms, feedlots, slaughter-houses and meat-processing plants. In addition to it, they also will familiarize themselves with the work of the veterinary laboratories and the Rosselkhoznadzor territorial administrations.

In order to provide more detailed information to the SFDA delegation about the system of control of epizootic situation in the Russian Federation  and the system of veterinary surveillance and food safety the two sides agreed to hold an opening meeting for the SFDA delegation in the FGBI ARRIAH (Federal Centre for Animal Health) subordinated to the Rosselkhoznadzor. 

Some technical issues were also raised during the conference call. In particular, the Rosselkhoznadzor reminded that on the 21st of March, 2017 the Russian side had sent completed SFDA questionnaire to the SDFA experts. The SFDA officials confirmed that they had received the materials. In addition, the SFDA representatives promised to send to the Rosselkhoznadzor draft veterinary certificates for all types of meat products that the Russian producers are keen to export. The sides further discussed dates of the inspection. It is tentatively scheduled for 15 -23 May, 2017. However, the final decision will be made as soon as some organizational issues are solved.

Taking into account the above-mentioned information, all the participants of the foreign trade activities keen to export meat products to Saudi Arabia (meat from cattle and small ruminants, poultry and products thereof) and ensuring compliance with the export requirements of Saudi Arabia for the abovementioned products, should officially submit an official request to the Rosselkhoznadzor (given the tight deadlines for the preparation of the inspection not later than the 4th of May, 2017) and to the Rosselkhoznadzor territorial administrations responsible for the business operators in order to carry out pre-inspection of the plants for their compliance with the SA veterinary and sanitary requirements. The SA veterinary requirements are available on the official web-site of the Service in Section “Import. Export. Transit. – Saudi Arabia – Export”.


May 2, 2017

Categorys: Veterinary , Import. Export. Transit