MOSCOW, July 29. /TASS/. Russia’s Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) plans to hold consultations with the Latvian authorities on imports of fishery products, an official with the regulator told TASS.
"Next week from August 3, 2015, it is planned to hold technical consultations with Latvian colleagues," - the official said.
According to the official, after preliminary consultation Latvian competent authorities immediately began to correct the detected violations and on July 23 they submitted their preliminary report to the Russian regulator, which is now considering it.
Earlier TASS reported that Kazakhstan followed Russia in temporarily limiting imports of fish preserves from Latvia and Estonia.
As of June 4, 2015 Russia imposed a ban on imports of fishery products from Latvia and Estonia in the wake of what the Russian watchdog agency described as regular encroachments on the regulations for supplies. In part, the agency detected inadmissible levels of benzopyrene in Latvian fish. Fresh, frozen and chilled fish from Estonia and Latvia fell under Russian food embargoes earlier and its imports are impossible through to August 2015, but preserves and fish-meal were not included in the initial list.
In mid-June Latvia’s Agriculture Minister Janis Duklavs said that Latvia’s losses from Russia’s ban on Baltic fish product supplies are estimated at €200 million.