Russia resumes vegetable import from Poland

July 20th, 2011 - 4:26 am ICT by IANS  

Warsaw, July 20 (IANS) Russia has decided to lift its ban on the import of vegetables from Poland, a Polish minister has said.

Agriculture Minister Marek Sawicki confirmed that the ban would be lifted from Wednesday, Xinhua reported.

The decision was a result of efforts undertaken by the European Commission and inspection supervised by Poland’s agriculture ministry, he said.

Russia introduced the embargo on the import of vegetables from European Union countries at the start of June in connection with the E.coli bacteria infection in Europe.

Poland joined a group of six EU countries allowed to export fresh vegetables to Russia, namely Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, the Czech Republic and Greece.

Poland exported to Russia fresh and frozen vegetables worth 114 million euros in 2010. In the first four months of this year, Poland exported to Russia vegetables worth over 58 million euros.

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