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
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”.