New EU legislation may complicate food trade with Russia

From 21 April 2021, new EU legislation – Regulation (EU) 2020/692 based on Regulation (EU) 2016/429, Regulation (EU) No 2020/2235 of 16.12.2020 – will take effect. The new regulations may complicate the import of pet food into the EU. They regulate conditions for import and certification of multi-component products containing any number of components of animal origin.

Earlier this year, Russia, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Taiwan and the United States expressed their concerns about the new requirements for low-risk composite products. According to the competent authorities of these countries, those requirements need scientific justification, may be redundant and do not meet the standards of the World Organization for Animal Health Code.

Despite repeated requests from the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Rosselkhoznadzor (RSN), the European party has not provided the necessary information, i.e. details of composite products according to the Commodity Classification codes, for which the new regulations will apply.

The Russian side is taking retaliatory measures. The Rosselkhoznadzor asked the European Commission to organize inspections of European manufacturers of raw materials of animal origin used in the production of multi-component products intended for export to Russia. Apparently a list of producers and suppliers of raw materials that meet the requirements of the EAEU and the Russian Federation will be compiled, taking into account the traceability of the products used by EU enterprises.

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