Russian vets inspecting Icelandic fish plants

January 16, 2007 16:30
Russian veterinary officers from the nation's veterinary and phytosanitary service Rosselkhoznadzor are inspecting Icelandic fish processing plants, fish farms and fishing vessels in order to certify them for export of their products to Russia, according to Russian business media reports.

In June 2006 the nation's main veterinary body Rosselkhoznadzor warned about potential tighter control of import of fresh/chilled Icelandic fish to the country. According to the organization's head Sergey Dankvert, Rosselkhoznadzor vets disclosed the loopholes which let exporters supply Norwegian fish to Russia in the guise of Icelandic products. Besides, representatives of Icelandic fishery department have allegedly confirmed authenticity of only 13 out of 102 seafood certificates accompanying the products supplied to Russia.

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In the second half of January 2007 Russian vets are also going to check another 20 Norwegian fish processing plants. Sergey Dankvert says that the experts should check plants with full production cycle from salmon farming to processing.

Head of Rosselkhoznadzor also says that earlier checks have resulted into export permits for 9 fish plants of Norway.

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