Russia and the European Union are looking into the ways to resume the supplies of European pork halted due to African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak. However, specific dates have not been voiced yet, Head of the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) Sergei Dankvert told media after his meeting with Paola Testori Coggi, Director General of the European Commission’s Directorate for Health and Consumers in Moscow on 21 February, BelTA has learned.
“We had a profound exchange of opinions on the ASF cases at the border of the EU and Russia. We discussed conditions to resume the imports of pork and its products to Russia from the EU,” Sergei Dankvert said. “Yet I would refrain from discussing the date of resuming the supplies. It could be rather a hasty decision which depends on a number of facts,” he added.
Paola Testori Coggi agreed that, first of all, it is important for the parties to discuss all necessary events that should be implemented to prevent the spread of the virus in the EU.
In view of the ASF outbreak in the EU, on 30 January Rosselkhoznadzor introduced a ban on pork imports from all European countries until the European Commission provides security guarantees.
(Source – http://www.blackseagrain.net/novosti/russia-eu-consider-ways-to-resume-pork-supplies)