Meat export to Russia to continue from some plants


<p>Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, Rosselkhoznadzor, today informed the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira that temporary restrictions will be lifted from three meat processing plants and one new plant will be licensed for meat export. <br /></p>

The three plants are Liha-Saarioinen Oy Valkeakoski (meat products), HK Ruokatalo Oy Mellilä (pork) and Oy Snellman Ab Pietarsaari (pork). The new exporter will be Saarioisten Lihanjalostus Oy Jyväskylä.

Concerning three other meat processing plants (Atria Suomi Oy’s two plants in Nurmo and HK Ruokatalo Oy Forssa), the Russian authorities are examining the additional reports they have received and may check the plants again. Two of the plants have suspended exports to Russia until further notice.

Based on inspections in May targeted at 23 Finnish meat and dairy companies, the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance imposed temporary export restrictions on 14 Finnish meat and dairy plants. These restrictions entered into force on 23 July 2010. The export restrictions concerning dairy products were lifted on 6 August 2010.

Further information is available at the website of the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance:

Further information:
Director General Jaana Husu-Kallio, tel. +358 (0)400 291 910
Director Kyösti Siponen, tel. +358 (0)50 386 8412


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