At the end of 2017, the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) lifted a two-year ban on the import of canned fish from Latvia and Estonia. Introduction of the ban in mid-2015 was reportedly related to insufficient safety control of the products and lack of traceability. The ban affected 31 processing plants in Estonia and 44 plants in Latvia, as well as consumers in Russia to whom canned smoked sprats in oil from Baltic states represented “taste of childhood”.
In the summer of 2017, experts from Rosselkhoznadzor inspected several enterprises in Latvia and Estonia and as a result decided to allow the import of canned fish into Russia from two companies - SIA Karavela from Latvia and DGM Shipping from Estonia.
Lifting the import ban on the remaining producers will be considered in the light of the information presented by competent authorities in Latvia and Estonia showing that the causes for the alleged violations were eliminated.