Russia may impose a ban on the import of rice, sesame
and groundnut from India following the seizure of several
shipments of Indian food products containing banned
pesticides and other contaminants. Unless the government
takes corrective measures, India''s agriculture produce
exports to Russia may permanently be stalled.
agriculture watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor said it had seized
several shipments of Indian rice, sesame and groundnut
after finding banned pesticide, contaminants and insecticides
in the products.
agency now wants India to provide safety certificates
on its food exports, detailing the use of pesticides
and other specifics.
India fails to comply with the requirement, Rosselkhoznadzor
will impose restrictions starting May 1, until measures
are taken to guarantee compliance with Russian food
safety standards," the agency
said in a release.
had earlier banned import of rice and other agriculture
products from Pakistan, after a dangerous bug was found
in the shipments from that country.