Rosselkhoznadzor reported on destroying Turkish food products


The Office of Rosselkhoznadzor (Russia’s Agriculture Controlling Organization – RRT) for the Stavropol area has reported on destroying of the first batch of Turkish products, which occurred in compliance with the decree of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s administration on special economic measures against Turkey.

On January 8, the Office together with the local FSB division checked the shopping center “Lenta” in Zheleznovodsk, were Turkish tangerines were found with the package date of January 4 on the container, and the date of delivery of January 5, even though these products were banned in Russia starting from January 1, 2016. Tangerines were seized in the amount of 225.2 kg, and “mechanically destroyed using a special equipment” at the site “Argo”.

The report notes that monitoring of places of storage and sale of agricultural products, raw materials, and food will be continued.

On December 30 Rosselkhoznadzor suggested the Ministry of Agriculture to destroy products from Turkey that vendors are trying to smuggle in Russia bypassing sanctions. Earlier, Russia imposed a ban on the supply of Turkish products starting from January 1, but Turkey was not included in the list of countries that produce “food to be destroyed”.

Sanctions were imposed against Turkey after November 24 Turkish Air Force shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber which was a part of the Russian aviation group in Syria. On December 1, 2015 Russian authorities published a list of banned Turkish products, and all vegetables and fruits got into the list.