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Cablegate: Russian Vet Service Delists Another

VZCZCXYZ0003
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHMO #3368/01 3260736
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 210736Z NOV 08
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHRC/USDA FAS WASHDC PRIORITY 5407
INFO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 0832
RUEHVI/AMEMBASSY VIENNA 4689
RUEHBS/USEU BRUSSELS
RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA 5239

UNCLAS MOSCOW 003368

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

USDA FAS FOR OCRA/KUYPERS; OSTA/HAMILTON, BEAN
PASS FSIS/JONES, DUTROW
PASS APHIS/MITCHELL
STATE FOR EUR/RUS, EB/ATP/SINGER
STATE PASS USTR FOR CHATTIN
BRUSSELS PASS APHIS/FERNANDEZ
VIENNA PASS APHIS/TANAKA
GENEVA FOR USTR

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAGR ETRD TBIO WTO RS
SUBJECT: RUSSIAN VET SERVICE DELISTS ANOTHER
U.S. POULTRY PLANT AND A U.S. PORK PLANT

SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED

1. (SBU) SUMMARY: The Russian Federal
Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance
Service (VPSS) informed via official letter on
November 14, 2008, that another U.S. poultry
plant (P-13556) and pork plant (#17564) will be
delisted as of November 24, 2008. According to
the VPSS letter, routine tests revealed the
presence of tetracycline in a shipment of
chicken quarters and salmonella in a shipment
of boneless pork jowls from these plants. The
letter requests that the USDA Food Safety and
Inspection Service (FSIS) conduct an
investigation into how product contaminated
with residue and salmonella found their way
into shipments to Russia. The original scanned
copy of the VPSS letter and courtesy
translation were sent to FSIS on November 16,
2008. An informal embassy translation of the
letter follows. END SUMMARY.

2. (SBU) BEGIN TEXT:
Moscow, November 14, 2008

Mr. William James, the Deputy Administrator of
the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)


Dear Mr. James,

The Federal Service for Veterinary and
Phytosanitary Surveillance extends its respect
to the Food Safety and Inspection Service
(FSIS), USDA.

Antibiotic tetracycline was detected in a
shipment of chicken quarters imported from the
U.S. to the Russian Federation during
monitoring tests of the residues of prohibited
and harmful substances (lab test results #2408
of October 22, 2008). The product was
manufactured at the U.S. establishment #P-13556
(veterinary certificates #RFA-049567, RFA-
049490 of August 29, 2008).

Salmonella was found in a shipment of boneless
pork (jowl) (lab results #8777/B-6730 of
October 21, 2008; #9111/B-6989 of October 29,
2008). The product was manufactured at the U.S.
establishment #17564 (veterinary certificate #
RFP-079549 of August 11, 2008).

The cases mentioned above constitute the
violations of requirements of the negotiated
veterinary certificate for export of poultry
and pork to the Russian Federation.

In this connection, VPSS informs you about
imposing temporary restrictions on the import
of products from the mentioned establishments
to the Russian Federation that come in force on
November 24, 2008 and asks you to conduct an
investigation to reveal causes of the presence
of the medicinal residuals and Salmonella in
veterinary products. VPSS asks you to take
measures for preventing the shipments of
products to the Russian Federation that do not
comply with the requirements of the Russian
Federation and the negotiated veterinary
certificates. Please inform VPSS about the
results of investigation and the preventative
measures.

Mr. James, let me assure you of my highest
esteem,

Attachment: (11-page attachment omitted).


A.I. Saurin, Acting Head

END TEXT.

BEYRLE

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