Russia: 19,100,000 kg of Foods Destroyed Due to Import Ban

UrBC, Yekaterinburg, January 10, 2018. Between August 6, 2015 and January 9, 2018, Rosselkhoznadzor officers confiscated 19,400,000 kg of embargoed food items that got imported from countries Russia imposed an import ban on. 19,100,000 kg of confiscated foods were destroyed, the agricultural watchdog reports.

The overall confiscated amount included 18,655,000 kg of items of vegetable origin and 723,700 kg of those of animal origin.

The food embargo was introduced in Russia on August 7, 2014 and currently applies to foods imported from the U.S., Australia, Norway, and Canada. Starting from August 13, 2015, Albania, Montenegro, Iceland, and Lichtenstein, which all supported the anti-Russian sanctions, are also subject to import ban. Ukraine was added to the list on January 1, 2016.

The ban applies to meat and meat-based items, milk and dairy products, fish and fish-based items, vegetables, and fruit. Starting from November 1, 2015, salt was added to the list as well.

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