YEREVAN, September 19. / ARKA /. Armenian food safety authorities have started an exhaustive probe into fish products of four local fisheries which were banned by Russia’s Rosselkhoznadzor, the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, from selling their products in the Russian Federation. Rosselkhoznadzor explained the ban by coliform bacteria which were found in Armenian fish products.
The ban made the Association of Armenian Fisheries ask the Food Safety Service of the Ministry of Agriculture to make an independent probe. Babken Pipoyan a public affairs officer for the Food Safety Service said today Rosselkhoznadzor found coliform bacteria in fish products of four Armenian companies Akvatehavtomatka, Unifish, Dimitri and Gos of 22 fisheries. He said before shipping their products to Russia these companies had examined them and no harmful bacteria were found.
He said Food Safety Service’s experts took samples of water and fish from all four fisheries and besides, the inspectors the State Food Safety Service are overseeing now the entire production process of these companies. Pipoyan said the examination will be over in a week.
He said the results of the inspection will be sent to Rosselkhoznadzor and if no coliform bacteria is found the Food safety Service will ask the Russian agency to lift the ban that will come into force from September 27. -0-