Russia bans import of Egyptian potatoes

June 3rd, 2011 - 6:48 pm ICT by IANS  

Moscow, June 3 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia has suspended imports of potatoes from Egypt on health and sanitation grounds, the country’s food safety authority said Friday.

Rosselkhoznadzor, national food-safety watchdog, said the Egyptian-produced potatoes could “destabilise the sanitary situation in the country”.

The ban will be in place until the produce meets safety requirements, Rosselkhoznadzor spokesman Alexei Alexeyenko said.

The move comes the day after Russia banned the import of all fresh vegetables from the European Union in a bid to prevent a deadly E. coli bacterial outbreak from spreading into the country.

The outbreak, centered in Germany, has killed 18 people and left hundreds of others seriously ill.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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