The Union of Pet Enterprises (SPZ) is asking for help in lifting the ban on the import of feed for unproductive animals. These animals include pets – cats, dogs, etc. This is reported by TASS with reference to a letter from the chairman of the board of the SPZ, the chairman of the Opora Rossii zoo business commission, Kirill Dmitriev, to the public ombudsman for small and medium-sized businesses Anastasia Tatulova.
“We ask you to help lift the ban on the import of feed for unproductive animals (cats, dogs, aquarium fish, etc.) for manufacturing companies in whose products unregistered GMO components were not found,” the letter says. Mr. Dmitriev explained that the Rosselkhoznadzor is gradually banning the import of such feed due to “suspicions of the presence of unregistered GMO components” in the composition.
The import of feed and feed additives has already been limited from the Netherlands, USA, Spain, Germany and Lithuania. The chairman of the board of the SPZ noted that violations were found in individual enterprises, and the ban was introduced for all enterprises of the respective country. The import ban will have the “greatest negative impact” on small and medium-sized businesses selling professional, dietary and medicinal feed, and on veterinary clinics, since the sale of pet food is the basis of their income. The industry has 12 thousand pet shops, 3 thousand veterinary clinics, 130 importing companies (in total, about 4 thousand companies and individual entrepreneurs, providing about 70 thousand jobs).
Also, Mr. Dmitriev asks Mrs. Tatulova to study the possibility of introducing programs of direct or indirect support for the localization of production. The letter notes that about 85% of pet food is produced in Russia, but there is no professional feed of the highest quality, dietary feed for pets with health features and medicinal feed. Thus, restricting imports does not create an advantage for domestic producers, since we are talking about a niche product with a high cost price. Anastasia Tatulova forwarded a letter from the union to the deputy head of the Ministry of Economy Tatyana Ilyushnikova and the head of the SME corporation Alexander Isaevich “with a request to clarify the situation on this issue.”
Recall that in November 2020, the Russian authorities returned to the issue of introducing restrictions on the import of meat and bone meal, which is used in the production of pet food. Then it was reported that the measure was needed to support the meat industry operating in the face of rising costs and falling wholesale prices.
Details – in the material “Kommersant” “Animals are doomed to homemade flour.”