Russian vets inspecting Icelandic fish plants
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.
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.