Some Results of Inspection of Brazilian Establishments Producing Products of Animal Origin

The Rosselkhoznadzor forwarded a preliminary report on the inspection of 19 Brazilian establishments producing animal products interested in their product export to the EAEC carried out by the Rosselkhoznadzor specialists in March 16 – 27, 2015.

The representatives of the Republics of Belarus, Armenia and Kazakhstan did not take part in the inspection as they delegated their powers to the Rosselkhoznadzor.

It should be noted that inspection took place during the period of management change in MAPA, Brazilian Competent Veterinary Authority, which could not but influence the results of the inspection. The inspection revealed systemic breaches in the work of the Brazilian Veterinary Service as well as violations in the operations of checked establishments producing raw material and products of animal origin.

Despite joint steps made by the Rosselkhoznadzor and MAPA specialists, following the results of previous inspections, aimed at provision of safety of meat and meat products exported to the EAEC which made it possible to include several Brazilian pork and beef producing establishments in the List basing on MAPA guarantees, the new MAPA management should continue to improve the system of control of compliance with the RF and EAEC requirements to export of animal products to the EAEC, certainly, facing new challenges.

Thus, for instance, having taken measures aimed at ractopamine non-use control in pig and cattle farming (for cattle – ractopamine use is banned by the Brazilian Law) and having issued  Circular  for Brazilian meat processing establishments, in most cases Local (Regional) Competent Authorities did not carry out proper control of this document implementation.

The Rosselkhoznadzor specialists also noted that MAPA’s control of farms producing pigs and cattle for slaughter is not efficient.

Thus, when visiting a cattle supplier in Goiania Municipality, Goias State on March 17, 2015 the Rosselkhoznadzor specialists detected usage of two preparations – growth promoters which are unregistered and banned for marketing in Brazil: Endorgan (made in Brazil), STRONGERS (made in USA, comprising hormones – progesterone, zeranol, trenbolon). The animals were supplied to two establishments which were also inspected by the Rosselkhoznadzor specialists and the results of the inspection showed that no tests for zeranol, trenbolon, progesterone were carried out. So, unscrupulous Brazilian establishments started applying growth promoters which had not been used before and which, according to the Circular, should not be tested in each animal consignment.

The inspection also revealed other faults primarily related to traceability during the process of food product and casing production as well as veterinary control and meat inspection at establishments which means that it is necessary to refine documents being in force in Brazil and take additional control measures.

Taking into account the character of violations which were detected at 12 inspected establishments and which pose risk the Rosselkhoznadzor imposes temporary restrictions on export from 10 establishments since June 9, 2015 until the violations are corrected. Temporary restrictions previously imposed on two establishments remain to be in force.

7 establishments where negligible risks were detected retain their right to export products to Russia in case these violations are removed.

More detail information on detected breaches is presented in the preliminary report of the Rosselkhoznadzor which is available on the official website of the Rosselkhoznadzor.

Brazil has two months to prepare commentaries to the preliminary report and submitting them to the Rosselkhoznadzor.

On the results of the inspection the Rosselkhoznadzor sent a letter to MAPA informing about its readiness to hold a consultation.

26 may 2015