1 Nov 2017 16:33

Russia cleared to supply beef, poultry and other animal products to Saudi Arabia

MOSCOW. Nov 1 (Interfax) - Saudi Arabia has permitted supplies of Russian beef, mutton, poultry and other byproducts, as well as other kinds of animal products, including processed meat products, milk products and eggs, to be supplied to the country.

Russia's agriculture and food watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor says this was announced during a meeting with representatives of the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA). Following work carried out by the relevant agencies of the two countries, Rosselkhoznadzor received the right to independently approve Russian enterprises that comply with the requirements of Saudi Arabia to supply products to the country.

In addition, the sides signed veterinary-phytosanitary certificates for animal products exported from Russia to Saudi Arabia, including for beef, goat meat, mutton, poultry and byproducts and eggs, as well as sanitary and technical requirements toward Russian animal products.

"Supplies can begin right away after Russian suppliers are included in a list of enterprises approved for exports to Saudi Arabia. This technical work will be completed by the SFDA over the course of the next few days," the statement said.