February 27, 2014
Russia and Bangladesh to resolve issues on shrimp quality control
Ambassador Alexander A Nikolaev requested Bangladesh's Fisheries and Livestock Minister Muhammed Sayedul Hoque to send a formal proposal in order to resolve the recent disagreement regarding quality control of shrimp exported to Russia, through discussion, and increase shrimp export to Russia.
During the meeting, the Department of Fisheries director general Syed Arif Azad, and Bangladeshi Ambassador to Russia Saiful Hoque were also present, among others. The ambassador urged the minister to send recommendations for local shrimp exporters. Subsequently, the Russian officials concerned will visit the Bangladeshi processing plants and give approval, if they maintain the required standard.
The minister informed him that a letter in this regard will be sent to Russia by this week, and a delegation will visit the country to discuss the issue with the authorities concerned.
The fisheries and livestock minister told the reporters after the meeting that Bangladesh is exporting shrimp to different countries, most of which follow the ICMSF (International Commission for Microbiological Standards for Food) standards relating to bacterial load. But Russia does not follow it while importing food.
The minister further said that in 2009 only four local companies got the approval for exporting shrimp to Russia. Of these, Bagerhat Sea Food Ltd faced a temporary restriction in early 2010, while the remaining three faced it from August to November 2013.
However, the Russian ministry concerned has withdrawn the temporary restriction imposed on Bagerhat Sea Food Ltd, but the restriction on the three others is still active.
He requested the Russian envoy to take necessary measures, so that more Bangladeshi companies, which are already exporting fish products to the EU and the US, can get approval for the Russian market also.