Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Russia resumes imports of Belgian and Dutch vegetables

Russia resumed Tuesday imports of vegetables from the Netherlands and Belgium, partially lifting the embargo imposed since June 2 with the EU. Moscow had stopped imports of fresh vegetables because of the European epidemic caused by the deadly bacteria EHEC in Germany, a move that was immediately met with protests from the EU.

"After review, we have today (Tuesday) to allow imports of the Netherlands and Belgium," said the Russian Chief Sanitary Gennady Onishchenko . Mr. Onishchenko said Tuesday that imports were subject to a "special regime", the Russian laboratory requiring certificates indicating the origin of vegetables, and explaining that they are healthy and do not carry the strain of the bacteria.

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