Russia could ban soya forage from Brazil over GMOs - Rosselkhoznadzor

07.02.2017

The Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) could ban soya forage supplies from Brazil over genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Rosselkhoznadzor chief Sergei Dankvert met with Secretary of Agricultural Protection Luiz Rangel of the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply, to discuss, among other things, the issue of Brazil growing GM soyabeans that are not registered in Russia, the agency said after the meeting.

"It was noted that this fact could be a substantial ground for limiting the supply of livestock forage made of soya," the spokesperson said.

Dankvert also expressed concern about the presence of quarantined objects in the soya Brazil ships to Russia. Thus, in 2016 laboratory tests revealed 93 cases of harmful organisms present in 45 consignments of soyabean meal and soyabeans.

But the central topic of the discussion was the issue of equivalence in the two countries' approaches to making decisions on mutual agricultural supplies. At present, of the 318 agricultural producers in Brazil only 160 may supply products to Russia, Dankvert said.

At the same time, the agency's repeated requests to Brazil to allow Russian suppliers to start supplying their products to Brazil were left unanswered.

Last year Brazil allowed only three Russian fish manufacturers into its market. But Russia is ready to supply other agricultural products, as well as grain, according to the statement. Russia called on Brazil to apply the equivalent approach when it comes to granting the right for supplies.


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