Russian watchdog to destroy 73 tonnes of fruit with false certificates

The Federal Veterinary and Phyto-Sanitary Oversight Service (Rosselkhoznadzor) has detained three vehicles with 73 tonnes of peaches and nectarines at the Belarusian-Russian border.

The Federal Veterinary and Phyto-Sanitary Oversight Service (Rosselkhoznadzor) has detained three vehicles with 73 tonnes of peaches and nectarines at the Belarusian-Russian border.

The fruit arrived with phytosanitary certificates from Turkey, the watchdog said. The suspicions of Rosselkhoznadzor were raised by what is a peculiar route to Russia for Turkish products - through Greece, Moldova and Belarus, the watchdog said on Aug. 6.

Upon verification of the phytosanitary certificates accompanying the shipment, it was found that Turkey's national plant quarantine and protection service did not issue them.

Under a decree the Russian president issued on July 29, products from the European Union being shipped with false certificates are supposed to be destroyed.

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