Russia bans import of soybeans and corn from the United States starting from February 15.
Assistant to Head of Russia’s Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) Alexey Alekseenko told TASS on Wednesday, “Restrictions will be imposed on imports starting from February 15.”
Answering a respective question, the agency said “they (the US) have to establish a system to ensure safety of products imported to Russia.”
On Tuesday, Rosselkhoznadzor said it had reserved the right to ban imports of corn and soybeans from the United States following the talks with the American side..
Earlier at end of January 2016 the regulator said that it might ban imports of the US corn and soybeans due to contamination of products by quarantine objects and the risk of delivery of GMO products to Russia.
According to the agency, the corn imported from the US is often infected with dry rot of maize.
The ban will be imposed if the situation remains unchanged and the violations still exist, he added.
On January 25, the agency said Moscow may introduce a ban on supplies of corn from the US over the systematic Diplodia dry rot infection.
The Russian watchdog said corn can be used for transgenic crops in Russia. The potential damage from import and spread of quarantine objects on the territory of Russia is estimated at 10-15 billion rubles (6 mln-189 mln) annually. (Tass)
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