This has been reported by EU officials on
Tuesday, ahead of an EU-Russia summit.
Traces of antibiotics
The problems started in April this year, when Moscow began refusing certain
imports because they contained traces of antibiotics.
It has been
reported that now 70 companies, from seven EU nations - Belgium, Denmark,
France, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Spain - have been placed on the Russia
embargo list, representing restrictions on produce worth "certainly more" than
100 million euros (156 million dollars).
"Of course Russia has the right
to its norm and to not want traces of antibiotics. But there must be clear rules
which are not applied in an arbitrary manner," said an official.
is the worst affected country, which has seen its pork exports to Russia
The commission suspects Russia is seeking to boost its national
producers. According another official, "There is a suspicion," as the measures
appeared "shortly after Russia officials called for higher levels of
self-sufficiency in the farm sector."
Matter resolved by stopping
use of antibiotics
Vladimir Chizhov, Moscow's ambassador to the EU,
said Russia was obliged to take the action due to "concerns linked to public
health." Chizhov added that the matter could be "easily solved by stopping the
use of antibiotics."
"It is the habit of the European Union to give
antibiotics to pigs as a preventative measure, but that can pose problems for
human health," as the antibiotics in question are still used in human medicine
in Russia, he stated.
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