Mexico is waiting for Russia’s response on the import of beef until mid March

© Flickr / Isriya PaireepairitКуски beef. Archival photoMexico is waiting for Russia’s response on the import of beef until mid March© Flickr / Isriya Paireepairit

Russia will give an answer about the possibility to resume the export of Mexican beef to its market until mid-March, said RIA Novosti Director General for food safety in agriculture national service for health, safety and quality of agricultural products (SENASICA) of Mexico Hugo Fragoso Sanchez.

According to him, the Rosselkhoznadzor delegation has visited seven sites of the Mexican States of San Luis Potosi, Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Baja California, Veracruz and Durango.

«The results will be announced by the Russian side not more than three months, the Rosselkhoznadzor will send us an official answer whether supply from these seven companies,» said Fragoso Sanchez.

He recalled that Mexico supplied to Russia of beef since 2009. Most deliveries were in 2012 – 25.3 thousand tons. In 2013, Mexico have lost this opportunity after the restriction by the Rosselkhoznadzor on import of meat from Brazil, Mexico, Canada and the United States due to the presence of the banned stimulant ractopamine, which is used in animal husbandry for increasing muscle mass of animals. This additive is banned in 160 countries, including the countries of the EEU and the European Union.

«We know that Russia needs a lot of meat, especially from suppliers from Brazil had problems, Mexico would be interested to take the place of these Brazilian companies,» said a Mexican official.

Fragoso Sanchez also spoke about another visit of the Rosselkhoznadzor delegation to Mexico, which promoted the beginning of deliveries in this country of various cereal crops (now Mexico exports of Russian wheat). «It was about barley, buckwheat, corn, oats, rye, soybeans, millet, sorghum,» he said.

According to the representative of SENASICA, before addressing the question of the beginning of supply, these crops must be subjected to rigorous analysis for safety. «We need all these documents, what kind of bugs live in them, how they control and fight with them, we need to assess all the risks,» said Fragoso Sanchez.