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08/12/2016

Russia imposes ban on Polish cheese

Agriculture & Food

Russia imposes ban on Polish cheese

Cheese in Polish supermarket. [Wikimedia]

Russia has introduced an embargo on all Polish cheeses, basing it on just one type of cheese, the ‘Happy Cow’ brand. Euractiv Poland reports.

Rospotrebnadzor, the Russian agency for protecting customers’ rights, published a communiqué on Monday (23 February) stating that the import of cheeses and “cheese-like” products from Poland has been banned since Friday, 20 February.

According to the agency, the cheese “Weso?a Krówka” has violated the rules of the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan in regards to cheese production and safety.

Consequently, the agency decided then to ban all cheese imports from Poland until the matter is clarified.

It is not the first time that Russia has banned Polish cheeses. Even before the recent tensions between Brussels and Moscow began, in 2013 Russia, decided to halt the import of Polish cheeses. Moreover, a Russian ban on Polish apples made headlines last year when a social media campaign began to promote the domestic consumption of apples in Poland, in order to “spurn Putin’s plans”.

The newest embargo will affect only processed cheeses. Hard cheeses are banned independently under the Russian embargo on EU agricultural products, introduced as a response to the EU’s sanctions on Russia.

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