Russian Ministry of Agriculture develops cooperation with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)
February 7, Paris. Russian Agriculture Minister Dmitry Patrushev and OIE Director General Monique Eloit have had a working meeting at the OIE headquarters. The parties discussed the epizootic situation in Russia, the country's participation in international OIE projects and other issues of cooperation.
As the Russian Agriculture Minister noted, the OIE effectively accomplishes the task of ensuring safety of food of animal origin throughout the world. As the leading international organization, the OIE prevents the emergence and spreading of animal diseases, allowing countries to increase exports of safe animal products. According to Dmitry Patrushev, Russia sees this job as a fundamental task, as well.
The parties discussed the status of the Russian Federation as a country free from foot and mouth disease without vaccination. Dmitry Patrushev stressed that Russia has been doing serious work to restore this status. The country has synchronized its requirements for foot-and-mouth disease with the requirements of the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code. The Ministry of Agriculture of Russia has issued a corresponding order to approve new veterinary regulations for this disease.
In addition, Russia continues work to get status of a country with controlled risk in bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).
The parties also consider the development of cooperation between the OIE and Russian specialized organizations, in particular, the Federal Center for Animal Health and the All-Russian State Center for Quality and Standardization of Veterinary Drugs and Feed (VGNKI).
At the end of the meeting, Dmitry Patrushev noted that Russia is open to an effective dialogue and mutually beneficial work with the OIE, and expressed hope for the continuation of fruitful cooperation.