Russia bans EU vegetable imports, EC protesting.

By bne IntelliNews June 3, 2011
Main sanitary official of Russia Gennady Onishenko announced that Russia is banning the imports of fresh vegetables from all EU member states. The decision was attributed to the spread of an intestinal infection in Europe. Previously, only vegetables produced in Germany and Spain were banned, while now Onishenko also ordered to withdraw the EU-produced vegetables that already reached the retail shelves. EC already sharply criticised the measures by Russian authorities calling them disproportional, according to John Dalli, ECs healthcare commissioners letter. The further course of action on ECs behalf is yet unknown.

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