Russia grants Turkey reprieve on residues
Russia and Turkey agreed a deal in June to resume Turkish exports of fruit and vegetables from last month, the Turkish newswire, Today’s Zaman reports. Russian regulators had found four million tonnes of Turkish exports containing pesticides in “amounts significantly exceeding the maximum permitted levels set by Russian law”, national media had reported. Russia subsequently froze imports of Turkish agricultural produce after its regulator, Rosselkhoznadzor, called on Turkey to ensure its exporters comply with Russian regulations. Turkey is to prepare and send to Russia extensive traceability reports on its export products. One exporter noted that “certain residues are allowed in Turkey but not in Russia, and the other way around, causing major problems”, the newswire, Freshplaza, reports.