Russia on phytosanitary considerations may restrict the import of Turkish vegetables resanctioning

MOSCOW, 2 February. Russia may introduce restrictions on the import of Turkish vegetables and fruits, had not been affected by economic sanctions, in connection with the identification of a large number of disadvantaged in relation to phytosanitary products. This was reported by the assistant head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Alexei Alekseenko.

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“The possibility of introducing temporary restrictions on supplies from Turkey for phytosanitary reasons (vegetables and fruits – approx. ed)”, – said Alekseenko.

According to him, currently the Agency evaluates the situation with the supply of contaminated vegetable products from Turkey. “We are actively working on this issue. Delivery this (crop – approx. ed) products may be covered by phytosanitary risks”, – said the representative of Rosselkhoznadzor.

Alekseenko did not specify a possible list of products that may fall under the restrictions, noting, however, that it “quite possibly” may include cabbage and pomegranates, which office winter 2016 claims.

“What are the names (can be prohibited – approx. ed.) – can not say, let the experts work. Cabbage – it’s possible. We are talking about any plant products that are not included in the sanctions list, if it does not meet our safety standards,” added Alekseenko.

On smuggling in the Russian Federation infected products from Turkey

As reported earlier in the day, party Chinese cabbage from Turkey weighing 22.5 tons detained in the port of Gelendzhik due to the discovery of flower thrips.

According to Rosselkhoznadzor, this is the fourth batch of Chinese cabbage have been banned from import since the beginning of the year.

In addition, at the end of January Rosselkhoznadzor reported the arrest of 20 tons of pomegranates from Turkey due to infestation of fruit flies, and 10.7 tonnes of pepper.

The Agency earlier reported that concerned over the repeated attempts of import on territory of the Russian Federation infected with Turkish products.

Sanctions against Turkey

Russia from January 1, 2016 banned the import of certain foodstuffs from Turkey. In particular, Turkey will not be able to export strawberries, oranges, tangerines, grapes, apples, pears, apricots, peaches and nectarines, plums, strawberries, and strawberries. In restrictive list includes vegetables (tomatoes, cucumbers, cauliflower and broccoli, onion), as well as frozen parts of carcasses and offal of turkeys and chickens. Is prohibited by Turkish cloves and salt.

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