Russia's food security watchdog has banned fruits and vegetables imports from Egypt over clean concerns, taking after a prior choice by Egypt that hurt Russian wheat imports.
Rosselkhoznadzor, the state rural wellbeing office, said Friday that imports of Egyptian plant items will be banned beginning next Thursday until Egypt's powers find a way to guarantee their security.
The move comes after Egypt, the world's biggest wheat shipper, changed its import controls to boycott any ergot growth in imported wheat. It had already acknowledged 0.05 percent of it in imported wheat, a level considered safe. The new approach hurt Russia, which is one of real supplier of wheat to Egypt, and others.
Before, Russia regularly slapped bans on agrarian imports in the midst of political or monetary question with different countries, refering to clean reasons.