Russia looking into PHL tuna

Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) has sent an Inspection Team to the Philippines to inspect tuna processing plants and government facilities that monitor the tuna industry.

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the inspection took place January 21 to 27. DFA said Rosselkhoznadzor approval is necessary before agricultural products can be exported to Russia.

The Philippines is looking to export fisheries products to Russia.

“Both the Philippines and Russian have been working for quite some time on laying the groundwork for agricultural exports. We are glad that inspections are pushing through. I am confident that our fisheries facilities will be seen as world class, having already passed the inspections of other countries,” said Philippine Ambassador to Russia Carlos D. Sorreta.

“I am confident that the high quality of our tuna products will be well received in Russia,” Ambassador Sorreta said.

Prior to the departure of the Russian inspection team for Phillippines, Sorreta met with Deputy Head of Rosselkhoznadzor Mr. Konstantin Savenkov and other agency officials for a meeting and send-off.

DFA said Ambassador Sorreta and Mr. Savenkov discussed the inspection of Russian meat and poultry by Philippine officials, and the implementation of agreements and the training of Philippine agricultural experts and technicians in Russia.

“Ambassador Sorreta emphasized that while these inspections are important, there are several other steps, including other inspections, data exchanges and meetings of experts before exports of agricultural products can commence in earnest,” DFA added.