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New rules for veterinary-sanitary inspection of fish to come into force in Russia March 1, 2022

New rules for veterinary-sanitary inspection of aquatic biological resources will come into force in Russia on March 1, 2022. The corresponding order of the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia was registered with the Russian Ministry of Justice on November 30. The order was published in the legal information section on the Ministry’s website.

New rules for veterinary-sanitary inspection of fish to come into force in Russia March 1, 2022
Aleksandr Plonskii / Veterinary Medicine and Life

The new document will replace the current rules for inspection of fish and roe within the framework of the "regulatory guillotine."

A key change was to remove the requirement for veterinary-sanitary inspection of catch and fishery products made from it on board of a fishing vessel, told German Zverev, the President of the Russian Association of Fisheries, Entrepreneurs and Exporters (RAFEE). He explained that the new rules are based on specialized knowledge and opinion of experts and business community. He added that all the important proposals made by the fishing industry officials were included in the new rules.

Under new requirements, live fish, raw fish (fresh), live and fresh aquatic invertebrates will be subject to veterinary-sanitary inspection. Also, the new requirement will apply to untreated fishery products of animal origin intended for human consumption which were produced on receiving and transport fishing vessels, intended for processing or commercial marketing, including retail sales.

Same rules will not apply to the household and personal small holding production of fish, aquatic invertebrates and fishery products, as well as to production process, storage, transportation and disposal of fish, aquatic invertebrates and fish products intended only for personal consumption.

The new rules will be valid through March 1, 2028.

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Guidance and regulation, 12 Dec 2021 17:18
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