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Russia’s veterinary watchdog bans juice imports from Ukraine

July 31, 2014, 11:56 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The agency explained the ban by the fact that Ukraine’s juice products did not pass state registration

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MOSCOW, July 31. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s consumer rights watchdog (Rospotrebnadzor) has banned the import of juice products from Ukraine, the agency said on Thursday.

The ban on the imports of juice products, including baby foods from Ukraine into Russia was imposed on July 29.

The agency said on its website that the ban was imposed because Ukraine’s juice products did not pass state registration as compliant with the Customs Union technical regulations. Such products should have Customs Union’s common market sign.

Russia’s juice imports from Ukraine in 2013 decreased by 12% to 50 tonnes, compared to 2012. In the first half of 2014, Russia imported 16,400 tonnes of Ukrainian juice products.

On July 28, Rospotrebnadzor, which controls the ready-to-serve food products, imposed a ban on the imports from Ukraine of canned vegetables, fruits and fish, and before that had restricted the supplies of confectionery products of the Roshen company (owned by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko).

Russia’s veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor, which regulates the turnover of food raw materials, also banned the imports from Ukraine of animal products, milk and dairy products, vegetable products in luggage and postal parcels, and previously restricted potato and pork imports.

In addition, in view of the deterioration of the quality of exported products and violation of the Russian consumer rights protection legislation, Russia previously restricted the supplies to the country of canned fruits and vegetables and some fruits from Moldova, virtually all vegetable and fruits from Poland. It also banned the import from Latvia of pork products because of the African swine fever virus spread there.

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