October 10, 2013

Russia discovers violation of product labelling regulations
Press release


Despite the European Commission's assurance that the pan-European traceability system has been improved, Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, Rosselkhoznadzor, has detected in the last three months violation of product labelling requirements.


The Finnish Food Safety Authority (Evira) notified the Rosselkhoznadzor of the results of investigation concerning raw intestines supplied to Russia by the Finnish company "SNG Voima Oy" which was purchased from the German plant "Streckfuss Naturdam GmbH". The product declaration stated that the raw intestines had been derived from sheep and produced in Germany, but, the investigation revealed that the given consignment of raw intestines had been produced in Argentina and Uruguay from slaughter cattle material. Despite Evira's prohibition on the export of the given raw intestines consignment to Russia the consignment was divided into 29 smaller consignments and illegally imported to Russia within two days.


Rosselkhoznadzor was also informed by the Food and Veterinary Service of Latvia about the detention of two containers with raw intestines of Brazilian origin which had been transited to Latvia for the purpose of their illegal export to Russia using forged documents. Later four more containers with Brazilian raw intestines intended for Russia were seized in the Riga port.


Another investigation conducted by the Lithuanian Veterinary Service revealed that an attempt to smuggle pork fat of Spanish origin was precluded at the Mozhaisk customs terminal. The consignment was produced by a plant on which temporary restrictions had been already imposed. The consignment had been replaced during transiting before it was submitted to the border inspection post of Klaipėda.


Officials of the Rosselkhoznadzor Administration for the Kaliningrad Oblast detained a consignment of frozen porcine skin supplied from a Polish plant but having the brand of a German plant on which temporary restrictions had been imposed. Therefore, the European traceability system for the control of regulated goods cannot ensure precise identification of raw materials supplied to a plant, to trace the use of raw materials during the production process, accuracy of labelling of finished products and pathway of consignments.

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