An unscheduled inspection of Lithuanian dairy facilities by experts from Russia and Belarus can be conducted in the remaning months of the year, head of Rosselkhoznadzor veterinary authority Sergei Dankvert told Interfax after a Sunday telephone conversation with Chief Veterinary Inspector of Belarus Yury Pivovarchik.
"As we have not received data on Lithuanian facilities deliveries from which were banned by Rospotrebnadzor [consumer rights' authority], we cannot duplicate restrictions on their output. Therefore we decided to include these facilities in our unscheduled inspection," he said.
Dankvert said that the time of the inspection that Russian and Belarusian experts will conduct will be decided depending on the timetable of inspections in other countries. "But I hope it will take place this year," he said.
He said that during the inspection special attention will be paid to deliveries of raw materials to Lithuanian dairy facilities allowed to export their output to Russia.
"This year Lithuania boosted deliveries of cheese to Russia. For the first time they can reach 40,000 tonnes while in the past they did not exceed 26,000-30,000 tonnes a year. This has prompted the suspicion that exporters to Russia are using dry milk from facilities that are not included in the register of suppliers to Russia, including European," he said.
If these suspicions prove justified, deliveries will be restricted, Dankvert said.
He added that Rosselkhoznadzor will notify another partner in the Customs Union, Kazakhstan, about the audit. Meanwhile, Kazakh colleagues have not demonstrated great interest in either the Friday talks with the European Commission on potato deliveries from the EU to the Customs Union or the problem of imports of Lithuanian dairy products, he said.
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