MOSCOW. On 26 November. Russia introduces enhanced monitoring of the food supply from Turkey and will carry out additional checks at the border and in the workplace, reported the press service of the Ministry of agriculture of the Russian Federation with reference to the statement of the head of the Ministry Alexander Tkachev.
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Tkachev: Russia, if necessary, can substitute the import of vegetables from Turkey
“The government of the Russian Federation requested the Rosselkhoznadzor to put on the enhanced control of the supply of agricultural products and food from Turkey, and arrange additional checks at the border and in places of production directly in the Turkish Republic”, – stated in the message.
These measures are introduced in connection with repeated violations of Turkish producers in the Russian standards, said the Ministry of agriculture.
According to Tkachev, recently the Ministry receives requests from consumers and trade associations on the issue of safety of agricultural products and food imported from Turkey. After assessing the situation, the head of the Ministry “informed the government that, unfortunately, on average, 15% of Turkish agricultural products do not meet Russian standards”.
In particular, said Tkachev, from the beginning of 2015 has registered about 40 cases of detection of residues of banned and harmful substances in Turkish animal products. Now the regime of enhanced laboratory control in respect of two Turkish companies, six companies introduced temporary restrictions. In addition, in Turkish fruits and vegetables also found a significant excess of maximum permissible levels of content of pesticides, nitrates and nitrites, said the Ministry of agriculture.
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According to the Ministry, in 2014 the import of food and agricultural products from Turkey to Russia amounted to $1.7 billion and remained at the level of the previous year. Thus in the total Russian food imports to Turkey accounted for 4%. For 10 months of 2015, Turkey has imported into Russia of food for $1 billion, which is 20% lower than a year earlier. As previously stated the head of the Ministry of agriculture, Russia will be able to substitute the import of vegetables from Turkey imports from Iran, Israel, Morocco and other countries, and imports citrus imports from South Africa and Morocco.
As for exports – if necessary, Russia will be able to redirect the export of grain to Turkey in the Middle East and Africa. Since the beginning of 2015 Russia exported to Turkey, 3.5 million tons of grain, accounting for nearly 12% of total exports. Overall exports of food and agricultural products from Russia to Turkey in 2014, according to the Ministry of agriculture of the Russian Federation, increased by one third and reached $2.4 billion.
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