CHILE - From now until 28 November, a delegation of specialists from Russia's Rosselkhoznadzor (Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance) will be visiting Chile inspecting the various fish export facilities.
The delegation was received in Santiago by Sernapesca, headed by its National Director José Miguel Burgos and Deputy Director of Foreign Trade, Cecilia Solis, whom they held an initial meeting with to discuss the health and safety of Chile's fishery and aquaculture products to be exported to Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.
The event continues with visits to laboratories, processing plants and salmon farms and mussels in the regions of Bío Bío and Los Lagos.
The delegates also noted that in Russia, the average consumption of seafood is 22 kilos per year, and now the government, through the Ministry of Health, is spearheading a campaign to increase the consumption to 24 kilos per capita.
The board explained that Russian inspectors reviewed primarily the general aspects of infrastructure and processing of products, in addition to the audits performed and requires Sernapesca. "From a microbiological point of view, and Russian requirements are the most stringent requirements of the markets in fishery products are exported, rather than the EU, US and Japan," said the Deputy.
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