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You Shall Not Pass: Russian Watchdog Rules Out Contaminated Eggs Imports From EU

© Sputnik / Alexandr Kryazhev / Go to the mediabankTrade at a city food pre-Easter fair held on Karl Marx Square in Novosibirsk. (File)
Trade at a city food pre-Easter fair held on Karl Marx Square in Novosibirsk. (File) - Sputnik International
According to a spokeswoman of the Russian food safety watchdog, contaminated chicken eggs produced in the European Union could not have been imported to Russia.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Fipronil-contaminated chicken eggs produced in the European Union could not have been imported to Russia, as the country's market is fully supplied by domestic farmers and EU producers have no market access in Russia, the country's food safety watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor spokeswoman Yulia Melano told Sputnik Friday.

"Eggs from the European Union don't have access to the Russian market, due to the absence of [EU] producers authorized for exporting [eggs] to Russia. The ban on egg imports has nothing to do with the food embargo, the situation used to be the same before," Melano said.

She added that Russia did not authorize EU agricultural companies to sell eggs to the country as market demand for the product is fully met by domestic farmers.

"It is slightly possible that such eggs can enter the country through the EAEU [Eurasian Economic Union], but we have never encountered attempts to illegally import such products on the borders with Kazakhstan and Belarus," Melano said.

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Several EU nations, including Germany, the United Kingdom and Belgium, have recalled millions of Netherlands-produced eggs from the market over the past few days after it was revealed that some of them could be potentially contaminated with insecticide fipronil. The substance is used for treating lice, fleas and ticks. In large quantities fipronil can cause liver, kidney and thyroid gland damage.

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