The Russian Agricultural Control Authority, “Ross Selkhuz Nadzor”, said that it is studying a ban on imports of tomatoes (tomatoes) and peppers from Morocco due to their infection with viruses.
This came according to what the head of the authority, Sergey Dankfert, told the Russian “TASS” agency, and added that “any country exporting products to Russia is not immune from restrictions (in the event of violation of food safety rules).”
Regarding the ban on the import of tomatoes and peppers from Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Armenia and Turkey, the official said: “Indeed, products have been exported from these countries with violations. We do not consider it possible to supply these products to Russian consumers. We understand that the reports about the ban on Azerbaijani tomatoes have caused an echo.”
He pointed out that the ban was imposed due to the discovery of dangerous viruses, diseases and pests, including the pepino mosaic. The official ruled out that the ban on importing tomatoes from Azerbaijan would affect consumers in Russia and the Russian economy.
According to official data, the main exporting countries of tomatoes to Russia during the first nine months of 2020 were Azerbaijan (38%), Turkey (14%), Morocco (10%), China (9%) and Belarus (7%).