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10 November 2015
A proposal, which asks that imported food products be thoroughly inspected by increasing control at the boarder and retail outlets, has already been sent to the Russian government to Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, who supervises the agricultural sector.
The proposal is part of the National Vegetable Producers Union's current initiative. Vegetable producers have said that the corresponding actions, described in the proposal, should be carried out by Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor), Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor) and the Federal Customs Service. These producers are concerned about the quality of imports, their composition, including whether they contain pesticides and chemicals. The excessive use of such elements, according to the agriculturalists, allows suppliers to reduce production costs and increase the shelf life of their products. If this is the situation, the unfair playing field would leave Russian producers at a disadvantage and would negatively affect the period and rate of production development for this industry. The president of the National Vegetable Producers Union Sergei Korolev said that foreign producers, providing products to the Russian market, are not going through the planned checks for residual chemicals. Permission to ship products is given by Rosselkhoznadzor on only the basis of quarantine inspections. Control over local production is much stricter. There are not planned checks yet, but if inspectors find chemicals, work at the enterprise could be forced to halt. As for foreign partners, it's an entirely different story: vegetables are withdrawn from circulation without any further consequences. FruitNews article (Russian): http://www.fruitnews.ru/home-page/vegetables/44840-ovoshchevody-prosyat-o-totalnykh-proverkakh-importnoj-produktsii.htmlSource: https://meduza.io/news/2015/10/30/ovoschevody-poprosili-vvesti-totalnye-proverki-importnoy-produktsii

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