Five Latvian canned fish suppliers, Ventspils Fish Canning Plant, Gamma-A, Sabiedrba IMS, Unda, and Suldusgalaskombinats, have been found in violation of the requirements of the Russian consumer rights protection laws; Russia suspends imports of their fish cans from August 1, 2015, the Russian consumer rights watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said on July 28 morning.
"The Federal service for oversight in the sphere of consumer rights protection and welfare hereby announces that in the course of carrying out a state oversight over food products, multiple tests of the canned fish products made at the following Latvian enterprises - Ventspils Fish Canning Plant, Gamma-A, Sabiedrba IMS, Unda, and Suldusgalaskombinats - revealed breaches of the statutory requirements of consumer rights protection (failure to meet the requirements for product marking, discrepancies in the drained weight, discrepancies in the net weights of the food in can, discrepancies in the energy value and organoleptic properties). The food products which failed to meet the set requirements have been withdrawn from the market. Given the above, starting from August 01, 2015 the Russian Federation suspends the import of fish cans from these Latvian suppliers," the agency said.
"Tests of the canned fish products of other manufacturers continue," the agency also said.
Rospotrebnadzor chief and Russia's chief sanitary officer Anna Popova told Interfax earlier that the discovery of the violations led the agency to suspend canned fish imports from four Latvian suppliers.
"The import of fish cans will be suspended from August 1. At the moment, four Latvian suppliers are at issue. We will continue testing the canned fish products of other manufacturers," she said.
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