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19 May 2012

Russia starts salmon fisheries inspections in Norway

Russian and Norwegian officials to perform inspection of Norwegian fisheries to resolve ban of Norwegian salmon in Russia.

Agreement was reached during talks between head of Rosselkhoznadzor Sergei Dankvert and Knut Hauge, the Ambassador of Norway in Russia.
Parties agreed to start inspections of 25 Norwegian fresh fish exporters by June 11. The inspections of Norwegian fish processing plants will be jointly carried out by NFSA and Rosselkhoznadzor, including representatives from Kazakhstan and Belarus, which are part of a customs union with Russia. Each plant inspected will be a subject to Norwegian Food Safety Authority (NFSA) regular follow up inspections.
The main purpose of this action is to underline compliance of fisheries with Russian / Custom Union sanitary standard and rules. However, Russian officials already inspected Norwegian companies in February this year, but in less than a couple of months “history repeated”, and another claim of sanitary issues lead to the current ban.
By now Rosselkhoznadzor did not comment whether or when import of Norwegian salmon would be resumed, and its representative Sergey Alexeyenko obliquely stated that will happen as soon as NFSA presents a scheme for assuring the safety of fish from Norwegian fish processing plants.
Current temporary restriction will not have a major impact on export volumes to Russia. I do not think that the closure of the Russian market make the Norwegian exporters reduce volumes of salmon. More likely the demand will be still satisfied by the “approved” suppliers.


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