Russia Bans Canned Fruit, Vegetable and Fish Imports From Ukraine

On Tuesday, July 29, the Russian Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing Rospotrebnadzor, suspended the import of canned fruit, vegetables and fish from Ukraine over “violation of Russian laws on labeling and inaccurate ingredient listings”.

Products from Shevchenko agricultural (Veres), Odesa cannery public joint stock company, Nizhyn cannery limited liability company, Vinnytsia Vintar package plant, Alfa-Eteks, and Pivdennyi PKK apparently do not meet Russian requirements for labeling, mass faction, the content of protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, and iron under “energy value” and organoleptic characteristics, as well as salt products, the press-release from Rospotrebnadzor said. As Ukrainian News earlier reported, Rospotrebnadzor prohibited entry in the territory of Russia of products made by the Lozova dairy factory (Kharkiv Region).

To recall, Russia also limited the import of milk and dairy products from Ukraine on July 28 and banned hocolate made by Roshen, the company owned by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Also, 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 says that Russia could suspend food imports from Ukraine for the duration of Ukraine’s European integration talks.

Critics claim the Russian bans have no real basis and are politically motivated because of Kyiv’s signing of Association Agreements with the European Union.

Russia’s Federal Customs Service said Ukrainian imports of agricultural products into Russia totaled some $495 million in the first six months of this year.

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