Russia to step up monitoring of imports into the Russian market

Russian Agriculture Minister Nikolai Fyodorov has announced measures taken by his ministry to step up monitoring of imports into the Russian market.

"Amid the WTO environment, we ought to move more rapidly to get the hang of the organization's civilized ways and methods to protect transparency and keep tabs on any products and ingredients that are delivered to the Russian market. In this context, we will enhance practical work with both Rosselkhoznadzor [the Russian agricultural watchdog] and Rospotrebnadzor [the consumer rights watchdog]. As a matter of fact, it is a plan for adapting Russia to meet WTO terms and rules," Fyodorov said at a press briefing after a government session on Thursday.

These measures allow Russia to detect the presence of "strange components" in some products faster than European veterinary services, he said.

Fyodorov said he was speaking about Austrian-made hot dogs containing horsemeat, poultry meat and other components, which, however, were not mentioned in the list of ingredients.

"We will intensify this work, especially as the Russian branch of the International Office of Epizootics is due to open within the next few days. This bureau will monitor 53 countries of Europe, Central Asia and former Soviet countries," the minister said.

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