Russia bans milk imports from Belarus

On Monday, February 26, Russia banned imports of Belarusian milk, cream, whey and other dairy products, as reported by the press service of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance of Russia (FSVPS).

The ban includes: pasteurized, sterilized, and UHT milk and cream in bulk; dried, concentrated, tinned and condensed milk and cream; ripened, concentrated and dry whey, as well as concentrated whey and milk protein.

FSVPS adopted the decision “due to the numerous detections of veterinary and sanitary requirements violations of the Eurasian Economic Union and the Russian Federation.”

In 2017, Belarus delivered to Russia 296,200 tons of milk and cream representing a substantial growth of 23.7% in Belarusian dairy imports versus 2016.

In 2017, 596 violations of veterinary and sanitary regulations and rules were detected by Belarusian enterprises, 376 of which involved milk and dairy products.

  Belarus, food embargo, Russia