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PepsiCo slams Russian watchdog’s accusations of hacking attack as 'absurd'

December 05, 16:12 UTC+3

According to preliminary results of our internal check, none of the agency’s employees who have access to the company's confidential document could send it outside the organization

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MOSCOW, December 5. /TASS/. The allegations of Russian agricultural watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor that the PepsiCo company was involved in a possible hacker attack on the state agencies of the Russian Federation are absurd and not grounded, the company’s press service told TASS.

"PepsiCo vehemently rejects the absurd assumptions of the Rosselkhoznadzor as ungrounded," the press service said citing the vice-president for corporate relations of PepsiCo Eastern Europe Sergey Glushkov.

Earlier the Russian watchdog launched an internal check due claiming that PepsiCo got access to its document that was marked as "confidential."

According to the agency, the representative of PepsiCo showed the document in the course of Rosselkhoznadzor’s meeting with Soyuzmoloko (Union of milk producers). PepsiCo denies this fact.

According to preliminary results of our internal check, none of the agency’s employees who have access to the company's confidential document could send it outside the organization.

Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor, Sergei Dankvert, his deputy Nikolai Vlasov and head of the Internal Veterinary Surveillance Service Tatyana Balagula, who took part in the meeting of representatives of Soyuzmoloko, could confirm that Sergey Glushkov, vice-president PepsiCo (Wimm-Bill-Dann) in charge of corporate relations in Russia, Ukraine, CIS and Central Europe, had the document on hand.

"This fact can be regarded as commercial espionage. Rosselkhoznadzor needs to inform law enforcement agencies about this fact and is going to do this in the near future," spokesperson with Rosselkhoznadzor Yulia Melano said.

Rosselkhoznadzor intends to apply to the national law enforcement agencies over possible commercial espionage of the American company PepsiCo, Melano said.

According to her the internal document that illegally got into the hands of representatives of the US company, contained information about the watchdog’s laboratory monitoring of milk processing plants, which are part of the PepsiCo corporation. By obtaining this information the US company had a competitive advantage over Russian companies and was ready for the monitoring, she said.

Earlier, neither in the Rosselkhoznadzor, nor in PepsiCo specified which document was discussed.

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