In my opinion, Russia’s decision to limit the import of Polish animal feed is political, especially since the ban has affected other countries, including Germany, the Netherlands and the Republic Czech. “
The Russian veterinary watchdog Rosselhoznadzor informed the Polish authorities that imports of feed and food additives from the country will be banned from 25 June. controlled production facilities.
Compliance with Eurasian Economic Union requirements
“The Polish competent authority does not verify the compliance of companies exporting feed and food additives to Russia with the requirements of the Eurasian Economic Union. Compliance with the requirements of European legislation is monitored irregularly, ”Rosselhoznadzor said in a statement.
Russia says traceability is impossible
In addition, Rosselhoznadzor claimed that there is no control over raw materials imported into Poland by feed producers from other EU countries, making their traceability impossible.
“Raw materials are delivered to processing plants with commercial documents and not with veterinary certificates so that the epizootic well-being of the area where they were produced is not confirmed,” said Rosselhoznadzor.
Serious weaknesses in laboratory control
The Rosselhoznadzor inspection also revealed “serious weaknesses” in laboratory control. Research on raw materials and finished products exported to Russia is carried out only for microbiological indicators. There are no tests for animal muscle growth stimulants, heavy metals, mycotoxins, antibiotics, pesticides, nitrites, aflatoxins and nitrates, the Russian veterinary watchdog said.
Poland criticizes ban as politically motivated
The Polish Agriculture Ministry said Rosselhoznadzor had not even requested to meet with Polish veterinary services following the inspections, which would be a standard step to clarify matters.
“I am scandalized by the way the Russian side has treated Polish producers. In my opinion, Russia’s decision to limit the import of Polish animal feed is political, especially since the ban has affected other countries, including Germany, the Netherlands and the Republic Czech ”, said Grzegorz Puda, Polish Minister of Agriculture.
Poland to contact EC about counter-sanctions
“I will contact the European Commission to take appropriate action against Russia because, as I mentioned, the embargo affects more EU countries,” Puda added.
Poland exports around 15,000 tonnes of animal feed per year to Russia, less than 1% of total exports, the ministry estimated. On the other hand, Poland exports a wide range of food additives to the Russian market.
Countries banned from exporting animal feed to Russia
To date, 7 other countries have been banned from exporting feed to Russia: the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Latvia and Lithuania. In almost all cases, Rosselhoznadzor cited concerns about GMOs as the main reason for the introduction of restrictions.