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Head of Rosselkhoznadzor Sergey Dankvert Held Talks with Ambassador of Republic of Colombia Alfonso López Caballero

The meeting of Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Sergey Dankvert and Ambassador of the Republic of Colombia Alfonso López Caballero took place today in Moscow. A representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation also took part in the negotiations. The key topic of the dialogue was the discussion of the investigation carried out by the competent Colombian authorities regarding the cases of tetracycline detection in beef from two Colombian establishments identified in 2016 and 2017 by the Rosselkhoznadzor, as well as the issue of Russian wheat supplies to Colombia.

Sergey Dankvert stressed that to date the Service has not received all the necessary documents from the competent veterinary authority of Colombia, reporting the cause of tetracycline in the beef, nor the results of the investigation with the test reports. The Rosselkhoznadzor did not receive information regarding the state monitoring of meat products from these establishments conducted by the veterinary department of Colombia.

As the Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor noted, this information is extremely important for making a decision on giving access to establishments and permitting the supply of Colombian meat products to the Russian Federation. In addition to the above documentation, it is also necessary to provide state guarantees from the competent veterinary authority of the Republic of Colombia regarding the provision by the Colombian side of the safety of meat products for deliveries from these establishments to Russia.

The Colombian side noted that it would request the necessary documents from the competent veterinary authority of Colombia and, if provided, officially send it to the Rosselkhoznadzor.

The parties agreed to hold talks on this issue this week in a videoconference format with the participation of experts and discuss in detail all the issues that have arisen.

Mr. Caballero expressed the interest of the Colombian side in Russian imports of wheat and buckwheat. In this connection, the parties discussed the need to harmonize a phytosanitary certificate for these products. Sergey Dankvert invited the Colombian colleagues to visit Russia and get acquainted with the system of state phytosanitary control, as well as to visit the establishments exporting Russian grain.

In addition, the parties agreed to sign a protocol of negotiations with the Colombian Institute of Agriculture for further successful cooperation.

 

Jul 3, 2018

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