Russia may restart meat imports from virtually all Brazilian states."Rosselkhoznadzor [Russia's agriculture watchdog] is looking at lifting the foot-and-mouth disease quarantine from Brazil's main meat producing states, enabling the import of meat from virtually all regions in the country," Rosselkhoznadzor Chairman Sergei Dankvert told Interfax.
The list of states will be finalized before the end of the week, but it is already clear that it will include Mato Grosso do Sul and Parana, which were most often among those banned.Foot-and-mouth disease was last registered in Mato Grosso in February 2006 and Parana, the last incident was April 2006, Dankvert
said.Only companies re-certified by Russian veterinary services will be allowed to import their goods, he
said.That is because now the meat imported to Russia can be sold freely and not just for processing so consumers need to be confident in its quality.Companies supplying meat for industrial processing should be re- certified and those supplying meat to be sold freely need to receive approval.The Brazilian veterinary service is not meeting all its obligations, Dankvert
said."Because of this we had to postpone the date for introducing a system whereby all Brazilian meat should be specially labeled to January 1 2008," he
said.In addition, there have been recent cases of poor quality meat (with signs of defrosting) being supplied by 19 companies in Brazil."But all this produce was acknowledged by the Brazilian veterinary service to be of good quality," he
cannot yet sign a memorandum with the Brazilian veterinary services to the amount that was initially planned and that would give some control over supply to its Brazilian colleagues."We continue to work on this document, but it will be narrower and include tight quality control procedures for the meat sent to Russia both in the companies and at the ports," Dankvert