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Russia Bulldozes Illegally Imported Food
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Russia Bulldozes Illegally Imported Food

Russia has begun destroying embargoed products imported into the country. In the city of Belgorod, a bulldozer was used to crush 10 tons of illegal cheese, RT reported. The cheese came from Ukraine, but its origin is not known, says Yulia Melan, a spokeswoman for Russian food watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor, in charge of food destruction. The same fate awaits 73 tons of peaches and nectarines from Turkey. The cargo was stopped on the Russia-Belarus border on Thursday. It arrived with phytosanitary documents, but Turkish authorities had not actually issued any documents. “We were suspicious of the peculiar route the products took through Greece, Moldova and Belarus,” said the watchdog. Another illegal cache to be disposed of by incineration is 20 tons of cheese currently in Saint Petersburg. The embargoed goods had entered Russia bearing a label stating “nonhazardous chemicals”. On July 29, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on the destruction of embargoed products illegally imported into Russia. This resulted from the initiative of Agriculture Minister Alexander Tkachev.

 

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