MOSCOW, December 22. The Rosselkhoznadzor as of December 23 strengthens control over import of apples and mushrooms from Belarus to prevent the importation into Russia of products that fall under the food embargo, reports the Agency.
Russia has destroyed 130 tons of apples, persimmons and tomatoes imported from Belarus
The above products will be made in the presence of phytosanitary certificates, information about places of production and storage of such products in the Republic of Belarus, said the Rosselkhoznadzor.
A special mode of inspection
As previously reported, on 7 December, the Rosselkhoznadzor has introduced a special Supervisory regime for fruit and vegetables, imported via Belarus.
As explained in Department, special treatment in respect of plant products implies a confirmation of the authenticity of phytosanitary certificates, which are issued re-export certificates Belarus. The reason for such measures was the identification of the “illogical logistic routes” of getting imported products to Russia.
The Rosselkhoznadzor has repeatedly noted cases of supplies from Belarus to Russia “uncharacteristic” for that country’s products – fruits, vegetables and berries, not peculiar to Belarus for the season or are exotic.
The introduction of special regimes is necessary to prevent the import into the Russian Federation through Belarus of products of unknown origin, including products, subject to food embargo against EU countries.
However, in the framework of special regimes during the period from 16 to 17 December 2015 the Department has identified and destroyed a large shipment of fruit and vegetables imported from that country accompanied by a forged phytosanitary certificates. All were abolished about 130 tonnes, according to the Ministry.