Romania might resume exports of pork cold cuts

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The National Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Authority (ANSVSA) will call on the European Commission to implement the forward processing system, which would allow the export of pork processed products made from imported raw material, said the president of the food industry employers’ associations Romalimenta, Sorin Minea.
 
Romalimenta’s representative said a decision in this respect might be announced in the second half of the year, after a European mission’s assessment of the processing units.
 
Minea said this is the sole variant for the resumption of export. Because Romania continues the vaccination of pigs from households and as long as the vaccination campaign is underway products made from raw material from the domestic market cannot be exported. Minea said a European mission is monitoring the processing units that plan to export or make intra-community exchanges.
 
In Romania there are about 10 processing units that voiced intention to make intra-community exchanges. They have to meet a range of conditions, such as ensuring raw material from the swine plague free area.
 
As regards the possibility to export products made from raw material from the domestic market, Minea said Romania might obtain this right no sooner than mid-2009. He said Romania may resume exports of products made from raw material from the Romanian market only 6 months after the vaccination cessation.
 
Romanian Agriculture Minister Dacian Ciolos said at the end of last year that he would officially call on the European Commission to implement the forward processing system, after consultations with pork meat producers and processors.
 
At the end of September 2007, the EU Permanent Veterinary Committee decided the continuation of the restrictions for Romania on the delivery of pork meat to other EU states by December 31, 20089, following the development of swine plague.
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