Russia has banned products of pork originating from Moldova over quality concerns, RIA Novosti reported on Tuesday, quoting the spokesperson of the Russian Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Rosselhoznadzor, Alexei Alexeienco.
Rosselhoznadzor blames a Moldovan company, whose products were processed in a EU member state. Russia has banned any meat imports from the EU due to swine flu allegedly identified in Lithuania and Poland.
Rosselhoznadzor submitted yesterday a letter addressed to the National Agency for Food Safety of Moldova, calling on the authorities to launch an investigation over this case.
The authorities in charge have already travelled to Moscow on Tuesday to discuss the issue.
The head of the National Agency for Food Safety of Moldova, Ion Sula, told Publika TV that the reason is the raw imported from EU member states, namely from Belgium.
“I would suggest having raw only from the Republic of Moldova,” Mr. Sula said.