Russia places ban on Polish seafood exports


Sean Murphy, SeafoodSource online editor

Published on
September 30, 2015

The Russian government has issued a “temporary” import ban on fish products from Poland, citing that country’s refusal to participate in a veterinary audit.

According to a statement from Russia’s Rosselkhoznadzor, veterinary specialists from the Eurasian Economic Union was supposed to conduct an audit of 14 processing plants in Poland between 26 October and 6 November, but Polish authorities told Russia on 25 September “that Polish establishments refused to be inspected, not providing any justified reasons of such refusal for most part of the establishments.”

In respose, Rosselkhoznadzor announced it was imposing import restrictions on fish products, including canned fish products, as of 30 September.

Rosselkhoznadzor did not provide a copy of the letter from the Polish government, and SeafoodSource has not yet been able to independently verify the Polish authority’s refusal. The Polish government did not immediately respond to a request for comment from SeafoodSource.

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