Dairy Products Imported to Russia
Russia has announced new requirements for the import of dairy products. These
requirements include extensive public health statements that cannot be made under the
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
(APHIS) authority. Currently, the USDA cannot issue certificates meeting these
requirements. APHIS is seeking a solution with the Agricultural Marketing Service and
the Food and Drug Administration, the competent authority for issuing public health
In the meantime, APHIS believes that Russia is accepting dairy products on this
However, because this certificate does not technically meet the Russian import
requirements, exporters must have their importers confirm prior to shipping that the
certificate is acceptable for their shipment. APHIS cannot issue any other certificates for
dairy products exported to Russia.
Prior to endorsement of this certificate:
• The signatory must cross out and initial the statement about the BSE status of the
• The exporter must be able to verify that the materials only come from States free
of Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV) in cattle.