Representatives of the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Russian Federation met in Washington, DC, on March 21-25, 1996, to discuss the exportation of poultry products from the United States to Russia. At that time, it was agreed that supplemental testing for certain pesticides, antibiotics, heavy metals, and Salmonella would be required for the Food Safety and Inspection Service signature of the Veterinary Certificate for Poultry Meat Exported into the Russian Federation. Since that time, Total Plate Count and Listeria monocytogenes have been added to the list.
The tests for all residues may be performed either by government or private laboratories, with the Agricultural Marketing Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture verifying the reliability of test results provided by private laboratories. The verification of the reliability of private laboratory results necessitated the development by AMS of a private laboratory review program. This web site outlines the protocol for the Laboratory Verification Program for the Analysis of Poultry Products Destined for Exportation from the United States to Russia.
It must be understood that the approval afforded under this laboratory verification program is only for the testing required on poultry exported to the Russian Federation. Laboratory acceptance into this program does not confer a general USDA laboratory approval. Nor does it confer approval of the performance of the program analyses on any product other than poultry to be exported to the Russian Federation.