Baltic sprat can return to the Russian market after the New year. As reported by RIA “Novosti”, said the assistant head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Alexei Alekseenko.
“I think now this question will be considered by our experts in any case is a few weeks, most likely after the New year,” said the official.
He explained that the ban on the import of canned food was introduced “due to the use of 3-4 benzpyrene”.
Manufacturers of sprat, in his words, had a lot of work, abandoned the use of liquid smoke, use normal technology. “They have installed equipment that controls the mode of burning of wood chips: there will be a minimum number of carcinogens,” added Alekseenko.
This year the Rosselkhoznadzor specialists inspected a number of fish processing companies in Latvia and Estonia, to assess the possibility to resume the export of canned fish on the Russian market.
The ban on import of fresh, frozen and chilled fish from EU countries operating in Russia since 7 August 2014. Canned food list food embargo are not included, but the Rosselkhoznadzor in June of last year introduced restrictions on import to Russia of all fish products from Latvia and Estonia.
The reason was the violations identified during inspections and the availability in cans of banned and harmful substances.
The head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Sergey Dankvert said earlier that companies of the Baltic countries working with obsolete equipment smoked fish, which allows for the content of benzopyrene in sprats.
For producers of sprats from Latvia, Estonia and Russia until recently was the largest market.