Russia lifts import restrictions on EU vegetables
Russia has lifted temporary certification requirements on vegetable imports from the European Union, the European Commission has said today (8 August).
Russia banned all vegetable imports from the EU early in June following an outbreak of a deadly strain of E. coli, a type of bacteria, which claimed 46 lives, primarily in Germany.
At an EU-Russia summit on 10 June, Russia agreed to replace the all-out ban with certification requirements, the details of which were agreed on 22 June. That certification regime has now been lifted after the European Commission said that no new infections with the deadly strain had been reported on 27 July.
The strain has been traced to seeds imported from Egypt. Their import has been suspended until the end of October.
John Dalli, the European commissioner for health and consumer policy, said in a statement that the Commission will remain “vigilant”.
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