Russia bans import of soy and maize from the US on 15 February


MOSCOW, February 10./TASS/. Russia bans import of soy and maize from the US on 15 February. This was reported by the assistant head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Alexey Alekseenko.

“Restrictions on imports from 15 February,” he said, responding to a question.

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The introduction of restrictions on the importation of American products is still unknown. “They should create a system that would actually guarantee the safety of products that’s coming to us,” explained the conditions for the lifting of the ban Alekseenko.

As reported by the Rosselkhoznadzor at the end of January 2016, Russia has warned about a possible ban on the import of U.S. corn and soybeans due to contamination of the products by quarantine objects and the possibility of importation into the territory of the Russian Federation GMO products. On 9 February, the Agency held negotiations with the American side and reserved the right to impose the ban.

According to the Agency, arriving in Russia corn from the United States often infected quarantine object diplodia tip blight of maize. In addition, according to the Rosselkhoznadzor, corn can be used for transgenic crops in the Russian Federation. The potential damage from the importation and acclimatization of quarantine objects in territory of Russia the Department is estimated at 10-15 billion rubles annually.

The claims of the Rosselkhoznadzor, and the American soybean. Only in 2015, when conducting phytosanitary control in 64 cases soybeans from the USA have been infected with seven types of quarantinable for Russia objects. In January 2016 identified four cases of infection with four types of objects, including missing on the territory of Russia. The situation with soybeans the Rosselkhoznadzor does not exclude the possibility of importation into the territory of the Russian Federation GMO products. As noted in Rosselkhoznadzor, systematic delivery of infected products from the U.S. are threatening to phytosanitary and food security of not only Russia but also the entire Eurasian economic Union.