Russia says strengthens control over food imports from Turkey

Employees of a local farm weigh sacks of potatoes at a street market in Russia.
Employees of a local farm weigh sacks of potatoes at a street market in Russia.PHOTO: REUTERS

MOSCOW (REUTERS) - Russia has strengthened control over food and agriculture imports from Turkey, the agriculture ministry said in a statement on Thursday (Nov 26).

The Russian government has told the food safety watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor to strengthen controls after the agriculture ministry's research showed that about 15 per cent of agriculture imports from Turkey did not meet Russian regulations, it added.

Turkey supplies mainly vegetables, fruits and meat products to Russia.

Ties between Russia and Turkey are under scrutiny after Turkey's downing of a Russian fighter jet on Tuesday (Nov 24).