Topic: Russia Responds to Western Sanctions
The Russian Government has imposed a ban on the imports of beef, pork, poultry, cheese, milk and fruit and vegetables from Australia, Canada, the European Union, the United States and Norway for one year.
MOSCOW, August 7 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian Government published on its website Thursday the list of agricultural products banned for import for one year from the United States, the European Union, Canada, Australia and Norway.
"A list of agricultural produce, raw materials and food products, which country of origin are the United States of America, the European Union countries, Canada, Australia and the Kingdom of Norway, and which are banned for import into Russia for a period of one year has been approved," according to a reference document on the government resolution.
The list includes five product categories: meat and sausage, seafood, vegetables, fruit and dairy products.
Meat products include fresh, cooled, frozen, salted, dried and smoked meat, veal, pork and poultry. Imports of sausage and similar products made of meat, meat by-products or blood, as well as food preparations containing these products are also banned.
However, the list does not include lamb, goat, horse, donkey, rabbit or camel meat, or their meat by-products (liver), exotic varieties of meat (meat from monkeys, dolphins, snakes, turtles, whales, sea calves, pigeons and frog legs), game or salo, a pork-fat product popular in Russia. It does not include live animals or other meat products such as liver-based pâté, except sausage.
The ban covers all fish varieties, including live, fresh, cooled, frozen, dried, salted and smoked fish, fish fillet, shellfish, trepangs, jellyfish, sea urchins and other invertebrates. That said, processed or canned fish, seafood and caviar are not subject to any import restrictions.
Russia has also banned the import of all dairy products. The list includes whole and condensed milk and cream, yogurt, kefir and other fermented milk as well as butter, dairy spreads, cheeses and cottage cheese. Food mixes and products containing over 15 percent milk fats and cheese fondue have also been banned.
The import of all vegetables and mushrooms has also been banned. The list includes fresh, cooled, frozen, dried, sliced and cut tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers, onions, cabbage, sweet peppers, spinach, asparagus, celery, eggplant, carrots, turnips, radishes and other root vegetables, as well as legumes, and includes vegetable mixes. The ban does not include processed mushroom or vegetable products such as canned tomatoes and cucumbers.
Fruits, berries and nuts have also been banned, with the exception of items packaged for further processing. The list includes fresh, frozen or dried bananas, citrus fruits, apples, pears, grapes, melons, papayas, apricots, cherries, peaches, nectarines, plums, dates, figs, pineapples, avocados, guavas, mangos, kiwis, date-plums, berries and nuts. Processed or canned fruits and jams can be imported as before.
The ban on imports includes items containing malt extract with a dry extract content of over 90 percent, malt extract containing no milk fat, sucrose, isoglucose, glucose or starch or containing less than 1.5 percent milk fat, 5 percent sucrose (including inverted sugar), isoglucose, or 5 percent glucose or starch. The import restrictions also cover compound alcoholic preparations, other than those based on odoriferous substances used for producing beverages without milk fat, sucrose, isoglucose, glucose or starch or containing less than 1.5 percent milk fat, 5 percent sucrose or isoglucose, or 5 percent glucose or starch.
Juices, beer, wine and other liquors and soft drinks, including carbonated drinks, vinegar, pure alcohol and tobacco products are not subject to the import ban.
The restrictions do not apply to coffee, tea, drinking chocolate, chocolate, sugar or spices. Cereals, flour, malt, starch and products containing these, such as pasta, bread or pastry, are also exempt from the import ban. Eggs and honey will also be free from import restrictions. The import ban list does not include oil-yielding crops, vegetable oil or butter products, including margarine or wax, yeast, soups and broths, products used in sauces, spices or chewing gum.
The government resolution expressly states that the restrictions do not apply to baby food.