Russia ready to lift EU veg import ban

Russia’s sanitary watchdog Rospotrebnadzor is ready to totally lift a ban on import of vegetables from Europe if there are no cases of the E’Coli infections registered, Russia’s chief sanitary doctor Gennady Onishchenko said on Sunday.

Russia introduced the vegetable embargo on June 2 after the E.Coli bacteria, traced to vegetables, killed at least 40 people in Europe.

“It reassures us that the number of people, infected by the E.Coli, has fallen significantly,” Onishchenko said. “If it follows this way, we will consider the issue of the total lifting of the import ban, but with certain restrictions.”

Onishchenko said that among the countries, whose vegetables are not allowed to be sold in Russia are Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Slovenia and Germany.

As of now Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Greece and the Czech Republic, Poland and France have permission to export vegetables to Russia.

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