Russian manufacturers are asking to postpone new standards for the maintenance of antibiotics and other medicines in unprocessed animal products. Rigid standards threaten businessmen with seizures of parties and losses.
On July 27, the newspaper Vedomosti writes about the problem. The largest representatives of the industry: National Meat Association, Soyuzmoloko, Association of Retail Companies, etc., addressed the member of the board of the Eurasian Economic Commission (ECE) Valery Koreshkov. In their letter they insist that the decision of the ECE collegium to be imposed from August 14 should be postponed.
The document in question is being introduced to protect the producers of the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union (Armenia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova) from sanctions by the controlling bodies. (They arise because of different interpretations and trade barriers between countries.) The norm establishes a list of more than 70 substances and their maximum possible content in raw materials: meat, raw milk, eggs, etc. Now the technical regulations of the Customs Union exist only for six groups of substances .
According to the authors of the letter to the ECE, the new standards will entail difficulties for producers: they will have to check the raw materials with more accurate and costly methods. In addition, methods for rapid evaluation of antibiotics have not yet been developed, in Russia there are no clinical tests of the timing of the withdrawal of these substances from the body of animals. And entrepreneurs do not have the necessary equipment and qualified personnel for laboratories. All this threatens manufacturers with seizure of lots and losses.
How to work with the new rules, even does not understand even the Rosselkhoznadzor. Officials are confident that new standards are premature.
The collective appeal is studied in the Eurasian Economic Commission. The ECE has its own counterarguments, so whether the officials will go to the manufacturers, is still unknown.