Russia has imposed a complete ban on import of rice,
groundnuts and sesame seeds originating from India citing
June 5 no Indian rice, peanuts and sesame seeds will
be found in Russian supermarkets, since the Russian
federal agency for veterinary and phytosanitary supervision
has banned import of these products from India and through
actual ban was in force from May 1, but import was allowed
on the basis of earlier issued certificates. Now a complete
ban has come into force as Indian authorities have failed
to take proper (quality) control measures," Interfax
reported, quoting agriculture watchdog ''Rosselkhoznadzor''
Indian party fails to take proper measures to enhance
control of supplies, and cases of importing dangerous
rice, sesame and peanuts in Russia are registered frequently,"
Moscow had claimed to have found several consignments
of Indian rice, groundnuts and sesame seeds contaminated
January, it had intercepted 54 tonnes of Indian groundnut
infested with pests dangerous for grain crops. In March,
pests were found in 125 tonnes of rice imported from
India, while a month earlier a consignment of sesame
seeds contaminated with fungus, alphatoxin B1 and metallic
impurities was stopped by Rosselkhoznadzor.
to the Indian embassy, the two countries are in the
process of resolving the issue, even as New Delhi has
strongly spoken against the total ban.
don''t think that the European Union, the US and other
importers of Indian rice and groundnuts care less for
the health of their
citizens. We are strongly opposed to the total ban.
However, we respect Russia''s right to blacklist companies
supplying contaminated commodities," an Indian
diplomat said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.