Two U.S. companies may resume supplying Russia with turkey meat if U.S. veterinary services provide additional information required by Russian specialists to show that the companies are able to meet all Russian and Customs Union supply safety requirements, Rosselkhoznadzor, the agriculture watchdog, said.
An agreement was reached Thursday evening during talks between Rosselkhoznadzor chief Sergei Dankvert and the Administrator of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), Alfred Almanza.
If a positive decision is made, the companies will resume supplying the meat, and will be checked in the next inspection planned for February, 2014.
At the same time, as Rosselkhoznadzor chief Sergei Dankvert previously told Interfax, an unscheduled inspection of American poultry producers is to take place this year from December 9-20. The U.S. has suggested inspecting turkey meat producers, as well as broiler meat suppliers.
Additionally, Russian veterinary specialists will become familiarized with the system that guarantees that the product made for markets of countries in the Customs Union is free of the pharmacological growth stimulator ractopamine.
Dankvert said that his aide, Alexei Alexeyenko, will head the Russian delegation.
Russia stopped U.S. meat supplies in February of this year because ractopamine was used in the meat's production. Refrigerated meat imports have been prohibited since February 4 of this year, and frozen meat imports since February 11.
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