RUSSIA, Moscow. Russian agriculture watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor has announced temporary restrictions on pork and beef imports from Brazil starting with 1 December after the Russian authorities detected traces of growth stimulants, which are banned in Russia, in meat products.
According to Rosselkhoznadzor, a proposal was sent to the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply on 16 November to hold talks as soon as possible. "However, so far, dialogue with the Brazilian side has not taken place," Rosselkhoznadzor's statement read.
The Russian agency said that it is forced to take urgent measures to protect Russian consumers and the domestic food market and to introduce from 1 December of this year temporary restrictions on the supply of all pig products and beef products from Brazil.
The use of ractopamine and other stimulants for the growth of muscle mass in animals is forbidden in the Russian production of food products. Furthermore, the import to Russia of products obtained with the use of these substances is also prohibited.
In 2013-2014, the Russian agency actively worked with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply of Brazil to organize the supply of livestock products to Russia, which complies with the requirements of legislation. "The result of the large-scale and complex negotiations, as well as the work carried out in Brazil to ensure that the enterprises strictly comply with Russian requirements, was the commitment undertaken by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply of Brazil to supply to Russia exclusively products made from animal meat that did not contain ractopamine," Rosselkhoznadzor's statement read.