Russian veterinary authorities to reinspect Estonian seafood industry (3)
Inspectors from the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Supervision are returning to Estonia to reinspect processing plants in its seafood industry, reported Saaremaa daily “Saarte Hääl”.
According to information received by the Estonian Veterinary and Food Board, the upcoming visit is a continuation of their inspection from last May, after which restrictions were placed on Estonian seafood imports to Russia, reported ETV’s news program “Aktuaalne kaamera”.
Estonia has indicated that Russian-cited violations were contrived and could more accurately be regarded as backlash to EU-imposed sanctions against Russia.
Olev Kalda, deputy director general of the Estonian Veterinary and Food Board, stated today that it is not worth being terribly optimistic about the new inspection.
“The goal of the current visit is allegedly to ascertain whether the Veterinary and Food Board has taken the Russian authority’s complaints into consideration in regards to those specific companies,” Kalda explained. “As for being hopeful about the results of this audit, I don’t dare show any particular optimism.”