STC Number - 361

Non-recognition of testing laboratories for meat products

Maintained by: Russian Federation
Raised by: India
Supported by:
First date raised: October 2013 G/SPS/R/73, paras. 3.12-3.13
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: Raised orally
Products covered:
Primary subject keyword: Food safety
Keywords:
Status: Not reported
Solution:
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In October 2013, India raised its concern regarding the inability to export bovine meat and agricultural products to Russia. It had requested Russian veterinary experts to inspect Indian units and laboratories, and a delegation from the Customs Union Authorities of Kazakhstan (SVPSGO) had conducted site visits, including to meat-processing units, in October 2011. India had compiled with all of the requirements identified in the report issued as a result of such visits and sent all the relevant information to the SVPSGO in January 2012. However, Russia had still not recognised the units and laboratories. Consequently, the export of bovine meat and egg powder to Russia had not resumed, although India's track record in the export of boneless bovine meat to over 16 countries worldwide was unblemished. India appreciated Russia's willingness to hold bilateral consultations and expert-level discussions.
Russia stated that the inspections identified a number of inconsistencies with respect to sanitary and veterinary requirements. Given such inconsistencies and the epizootic situation in India, it was premature to schedule expert consultations. Russia was ready to engage in further bilateral consultations to find a mutually beneficial resolution.