Representatives from the National Service for Agrifood Health and Quality (Senasa) and the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance of the Russian Federation analyzed sanitary and phytosanitary topics during a bilateral meeting held in Buenos Aires.
The meeting was carried out at Senasa headquarters with the participation of its vice-president, Carlos Paz, the general manager, Diana Guillen, together with directors and technicians; while the Russian delegation was headed by Vladimir Popovich, and integrated by officers and technicians.
The meeting was held in the framework of the eighth session of the Russian-Argentine Intergovernmental Commission for Commercial, Economic and Technical-Scientific Cooperation being carried out, until tomorrow, at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of our country.
During deliberations the Russian service pointed out the work carried out by Senasa to comply with the safety of fruit and vegetables that Argentina exports to the Euro Asiatic country in the framework of the memorandum signed by both countries in September last year.
Likewise, the Russian delegation committed itself to study Senasa request – reiterated during the meeting – to send refrigerated beef with a 90-day shelf life to this destination. To this purpose the Argentine service submitted documentation regarding the extension of beef shelf life to such period of time, based on experimental studies performed, extensive experience in the export of said product to different international commercial destinations and also the joint work carried out during the present year.
Moreover, the parties agreed on asking the National Institute for Agricultural Technology (INTA) and the Russian State Center for Quality and Standardization of Veterinary Drugs and Feed (VGNKI), the preparation, in 2010, of a joint work plan to study the possibilities to extend the shelf life of refrigerated beef to 120 days.
Both services also agreed, in a short term, on a new model of sanitary-veterinary certificate to export feed and additives of plant origin from the Argentine Republic to Russia.
Finally, they also agreed that Senasa inspects the production of soybean pellets to export to Russia by means of technology that ensures compliance with the regulations laid down by Russian standards.
The exports of animal and plant origin products from Argentina to Russia from January to September, 2009 accounted for 516,336 tons representing 543,145,000 million dollars.