Mexico confirms its readiness to supply up to 300,000 tons of beef to Russia per year, said Raul Urteaga, chief coordinator for international affairs at the Mexican Ministry of Agriculture, in an interview with RIA Novosti.
Earlier, the ex-Minister of Agriculture of Mexico José Calzada Roviros spoke about such a possibility. "In 2012 Mexican deliveries reached 25 thousand tons of beef, so we expect recovery of this export, and we hope that this export will reach 300 thousand tons," said Urteaga.
The relevant departments of two countries are working together to restore supplies of Mexican beef to Russia, and Mexican producers are ready to guarantee all the veterinary requirements for livestock products, which will allow resumption of trade.
"In December 2017 representatives of Russian sanitary authorities made an inspection trip, and, as expected, their final opinion should be formed on the results of the observations they made during that visit," said a Mexican official.
In December 2012 Rosselkhoznadzor restricted meat imports from Brazil, Mexico, Canada and the United States due to the presence of a prohibited ractopamine stimulator in meat, which is used in animal husbandry to build muscle mass in animals. This additive is banned in 160 countries, including the countries of the EEU and the European Union.
In December 2017 Rosselkhoznadzor representatives visited seven abattoirs in the states of San Luis Potosi, Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Baja California, Veracruz and Durango.