Rospotrebnadzor claims no politics in Roshen imports ban


Head of the Russian Federal Consumer Rights Service (Rospotrebnadzor) Gennadiy Onishchenko has said that one should not look for a political component in a ban on the import of Ukraine's Roshen candy to Russia. According to him, the problem lies just in the quality of the confectionery products.

He told this to reporters at a briefing on Wednesday in Moscow.

"Whatever they shout, look for any political component here, they would not find it. Because there are objective data indicating that the quality does not meet the stated requirements," Onishchenko said.

Earlier this week, Russia had imposed a ban on imports of Roshen confectionery products on the basis of examination results. Rospotrebnadzor explained that the Ukrainian Roshen sweets violated the norm of fat and organoleptic properties. Also, benzopyrene was found in milk chocolate - a first-class hazard substance. The "black list" includes four Roshen factories in Vinnytsia, Mariupol, Kyiv and Kremenchuk.