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Russians Inspect US Poultry Processing Facilities

by 5m Editor
17 September 2008, at 9:20a.m.

RUSSIA - Between 25 July and 17 August, three groups of specialists from Rosselkhoznadzor (Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance) carried out inspections of US poultry processing enterprises for slaughtering, dressing, deep-freezing and storing of chicken and turkey meat.

One of the groups was led by Idiatulin Idris Gavazovich, Head of the Administration and Inspectorate Department of the Regional Office of Rosselkhoznadzor for St.Petersburg and the Leningradsky Region.

In total, 39 US establishments were inspected for compliance with the Russian veterinary-sanitary requirements, of which 19 enterprises were excluded from the list of enterprises approved by Rosselkhoznadzor for poultry export into the Russian Federation since 1 September, 2008.

The inspections gave the Russian specialists a good opportunity to see with their own eyes where and in what conditions the poultry products, part of which are intended for the Russian market as well, are produced. At most enterprises the Russian inspectors revealed cases of non-conformity to the requirements of the Russian legislation.

In particular, in the course of laboratory research of poultry meat for content of heavy metal salts, pesticides, antibiotic residues and derived arsenic preparations, the US accredited laboratories are guided by the American standards, which exceed Russian norms.

The report continues that Russian specialists revealed gross violations of poultry processing and dressing technology. For example, the temperature of turkey meat after cooling reached 20°С instead of 4°С as stated by the standard. Poultry dressing at such a high temperature leads to increase of bacterial contamination and reduction of realization period.

The violations revealed by the Russian specialists were registered, filed and sent to Rosselkhoznadzor, which later made a decision to exclude some poultry processing establishments from the list of enterprises approved by that organisation for poultry exports to the Russian Federation.