Contradiction about radioactive contaminated meat / Is there a mafia conflict?
New correspondent’s follow-up to the message shows that the meat contaminated with radioactive material is the Ukrainian meat that was previously mentioned in the media. What is new and strange is the authorities’ contradictory statements about the amount of Ukrainian meat or meat contaminated with radioactive materials, whether or not they are contaminated, as well as their distribution or non-distribution in the country.
The issue of radioactive contaminated meats, as reported by Majlis MP Bahman Ali Iranpour, has become a controversial debate among experts and officials in the meat sector in the country. A problem that doesn’t seem to have all the dimensions to keep this story behind the scenes.
Authorities’ contradictory comments against the release may be the most telling part of the story. Veterinary Organization’s chief of quarantine Samad Yeganeh tells new message of the arrival of 5kg of meat to the Atomic Energy Agency of Ukraine for testing, and Mohsen Meshkat, deputy director of veterinary health and prevention at the country’s veterinary agency, has announced a 4-ton order for the meat. And both of them insist that the meat has stopped coming to Iran. Ali Mohammad Rostami, president of the Union of Red and White Meat Importers, says the meat has entered Iran.
The story began when parliament speaker Bahman Ali Iranpour last week referred to the introduction of contaminated meat into radioactive materials. Of course, the announcements were not received by the media, and the MP himself did not elaborate. However, the news was echoed by Russian media as concerns by the Iranian authorities about the import of Ukrainian meat. Given the importance of the matter, the reporter contacted Iranpour for a new message, but he did not add anything new to what he had previously said, merely emphasizing his claim, saying that he had documents for the allegation. He said he would pursue his claim after the budget debate ended.
Reporter’s follow-up messages came from other sources, which refer to radioactive meat contaminated with Ukrainian meat that was previously reported in the media. What is new and, of course, strange is the authorities’ contradictory statements about the amount of Ukrainian meat imported, whether it is contaminated or not, as well as its distribution or non-distribution in the country.
1 kg or 2 tons of Ukrainian meat? “No contaminated meat has been imported from Ukraine to Iran so far,” said
Samad Yeganeh, chief of the veterinary quarantine chief, in a new message . Only 1 kg was sent to Iran for examination by a veterinary expert. The sample was sent to the Atomic Energy Agency to determine whether Ukrainian meat is contaminated with radioactive material. The answer was no.
Mohsen Meshkat, Deputy Director of Veterinary Health and Prevention, also spoke with New MessageApproving the import of 5kg of Ukrainian meat into the country, it says it has been sent to the IAEA for risk assessment. “Red meat imports are determined by the policies that regulate the market,” he says. Whether or not to import and how much is determined by the devices responsible for market regulation. Meat importers identify the sources of meat production in different countries and apply for meat imports from those countries. The veterinary organization is responsible for the hygiene of raw animal processes and accordingly conducts a risk assessment of the applications submitted. “In fact, the veterinary organization examines the risks that this demand could have for the country’s livestock population and issues a health or veterinary license for imports.”
Mishkat says that meat imports from Ukraine are similar, explaining: “In the case of Ukrainian meat, a company requesting meat imported it and the veterinary organization examined this demand. The reason for the investigation was the explosion of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor in Ukraine five years ago. The IAEA, in charge of commenting on radioactive contamination, said the agency had been monitoring meat samples from Ukraine for nearly two years – from years 3 to 5 – and there was no risk. For this reason, they informed the Customs that there was no need for sampling and re-testing. According to this discussion, the veterinary organization agreed to produce a meat container in Ukraine.
Mishkat declined to comment on the low price of Ukrainian meat as prices for yen were lowered by the Chernobyl blast two years below the global price of meat.
“The veterinary organization sent its health supervisor to Ukraine to oversee the production process,” he said. After producing a container, a carton of 5kg of meat was sent from Ukraine to Iran, and the sample was provided to the Atomic Energy Agency, but the result was negative. “
He insists that despite these experiments, so far no imports of red meat from Ukraine to Iran have been made.
“Because of concerns raised in the media and reflected in the community, and because the veterinary organization does not want to do this,” he says, noting that the veterinarian has also authorized the trial production of a 4-ton container. “The atmosphere is worrying, so far this container has not been allowed to enter.”
Iranspour’s comments about the import of radioactive contaminated meat are likely to mean the same five tons of meat that allegedly has not been allowed to enter the country so far, but if this is true then what kind of contaminated meat is Iranpour talking about ?! Does Iranpur have evidence of importing these 5 tons of Ukrainian meat or is it evidence of another import? Or is it basically just as it claims to have no evidence and purely for specific purposes intended to carry out a psychological and propaganda operation?
The meat comes but it is not contaminated !
But Ali Mohammad Rostami, head of the Union of Red and White Meat Importers, adds a new ambiguity to the story of meat imports, and talks to New Zealand about the arrival of two Ukrainian meat trucks, saying: “If meat They were infected so the veterinarian would not allow discharge. “
“Due to the conclusion of the protocol between the Veterinary Organization and Ukraine on the basis of which a sample meat was sent,” Rostami said. From what I’ve heard, one or two trucks came to Iran for example, which eventually allowed the veterinarian to discharge. But if the meat is contaminated, the veterinary authority will not allow it. So those who claimed the meat was infected should say what the problem was and whether they had references. “
In other words, Rostami says Ukrainian meat was not two kilos but two trucks and was allowed entry, contrary to Mr Meshkat’s claim. In another part of his talk, Rostami emphasizes: “If the meat is contaminated, the veterinary organization will destroy it.”
Veterinary Medicine opposes livestock imports
Some experts in the meat industry say that the news about the import of meat contaminated with radioactive substances and the like last year is also having a psychological warfare, and in fact, interest groups in the field are spreading the news. They try to hit their rivals and gain more market share. The New Post reporter’s survey shows that at least three groups are competing in this area; the first is seeking live livestock from the east of the country and the second is seeking cold meat. It is likely to be part of news and news streams about contaminated meats caused by the propaganda warfare of these two groups.
Samad Yeganeh, head of the country’s veterinary organization’s quarantine group, blames the smuggling of cattle from the east of the country on border regulations, saying, “These unauthorized livestock enter the borders with little control.”
“The cattle that enter are quarantined and then killed. If these cattle are not quarantined, importers will send them to the country at any cost. That’s why industrial slaughterhouses have been set up in the provinces to distribute the meat nationally after packaging animal health checks. “
“There has always been a price difference between the price of livestock in the country and the eastern border,” said Mohsen Meshkat, deputy director of health and prevention at the country’s veterinary organization, referring to the organization’s opposition to livestock imports from the east. “Since the price of meat in Iran is more expensive than the price of meat in Afghanistan and Pakistan, we have always witnessed the illegal entry of these animals.”
“The veterinary organization at the borders has veterinary posts alongside law enforcement or the border and customs market, but it cannot monitor and prevent it along the way,” he said, noting that Iran has thousands of kilometers to the east with neighboring countries. Every device is responsible, but the veterinarian is preventing as much as possible from importing livestock. If livestock enters informally, it is out of our reach. This means we are not able to stop this. “
Of course, there is less responsibility to talk about the meat mafia and the backstage stuff of this market. “I don’t know” is the most common answer by officials to the question of the nature of the meat mafia in Iran, in a society where annual per capita consumption of red meat is between 2 and 4 kg and meat imports can benefit greatly. Especially if the price of this meat is more expensive than the neighboring countries.
Despite all the criticism of the authorities for importing livestock and smuggled meat into the country, it does not seem to be a barrier to such imports. Perhaps the least but at least an explanation given by the vice president of veterinary medicine in Iran, Mohebbi, is that there is not much to get into… a powerful mafia is at work