Russia will ban imports of beef byproducts from European Union countries starting from October 21.
"Starting from October 21, we will introduce restrictions on imports of beef byproducts, trimmings, and other products that do not fall under the ban imposed in August," Sergei Dankvert, the chief of the Russian agricultural watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor, told Interfax.
Russia decided to resort to this step considering that hazardous substances and antibiotics have lately been discovered in the said products in increasingly large amounts, he said.
Hazardous antibiotics have been detected 17 times in beef byproducts imported from six European Union countries over the past two months alone, Dankvert said.
Telephone negotiations with European specialists have not produced the desired results, Dankvert said. "We did not receive coherent answers to our questions, nor did we receive explanations regarding the detection of hazardous substances in the imported products," he said.
These incidents are especially dangerous amid attempts to smuggle meat, primarily pork, from EU countries, he said.
Rosselkhoznadzor has lately prevented attempts to bring 7,500 tonnes of pork through Germany, Lithuania, possibly Latvia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan, he said.
"We don't have reasons to trust guarantees issued by the European Commission, and therefore a ban will also be imposed on the products that did not fall under the food embargo earlier," Dankvert said.
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