27 Mar 2019 18:00

Russian ban on dairy product imports from Danone's Belarusian plant still stands - watchdog

MOSCOW. March 27 (Interfax) - Russian plant and animal health watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor has clarified the situation with the lifting of the ban on dairy product imports from three Belarusian enterprises, among them Danone Pruzhany.

Rosselkhoznadzor said it had annulled an order dated July 13, 2018 which banned milk supplies from Danone Pruzhany, Minsk Dairy Plant No. 1 and Niasviz Babyfood Plant.

The bans on milk from Minsk Dairy Plant No. 1 and Niasviz Babyfood Plant were lifted in October 2018 following a review of evidence submitted by the Belarusian side. The new order also lifted the ban on milk from Danone Pruzhany, however restrictions were imposed on all products from the Danone plant on March 17 this year. The decision to impose the latest ban on products from Danone Pruzhany was based on the results of an inspection conducted from February 27 to March 2.

"The lifting of the new restrictions will be considered once the violations discovered during the inspection have been remedied," the Russian watchdog said in a statement.