Russia bans canned fruit, vegetable and fish imports from Ukraine
MOSCOW, July 29 (RAPSI) – On Tuesday, July 29, the Russian consumer rights regulator, Rospotrebnadzor, suspended the import of canned fruit, vegetables and fish from Ukraine, RIA Novosti learned at the agency’s press office.
According to the regulator, inspections of canned fruit, vegetables and fish made in Ukraine showed that production did not comply with the requirements of Russian consumer rights legislation.
Russia also limited the import of milk and dairy products from Ukraine on July 28.
It previously approved a ban on individuals bringing fruit and vegetables in hand luggage or packages from Ukraine into Russia, effective from July 28.
Other bans include the import of pigs and fodder potatoes from Ukraine. The food safety agency, Rosselkhoznadzor, told RIA Novosti last week that Russia could suspend food imports from Ukraine for the duration of Ukraine’s European integration talks.
Ukraine signed an agreement on association and a deep and comprehensive free trade area with the EU on June 27. During a trilateral meeting with Russia in July, the EU admitted that the agreement could entail economic risks for Russian-Ukrainian relations.
The consumer rights regulator, Rospotrebnadzor, has found numerous violations of Russian consumer rights legislation. In February 2012, it established, following inspections, that cheese supplied from some Ukrainian factories contained vegetable fats but did not mention that fact on the label. This is a violation of Russia’s technical regulations for milk and dairy products. The specific manufacturers were banned from the Russian market.