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Switzerland rejects requests from EU firms to bypass Russia’s food ban

Published: August 21, 2014
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Source: Euractiv

Switzerland has rebuffed attempts by some EU food producers to sidestep a Russian ban on food imports from the EU and other Western countries by labelling such foods as originating from the Alpine country, the Wall Street Journal wrote.

Switzerland is exempt from Russia's retaliatory measures because it isn't participating in Western sanctions against the country following its annexation of Crimea earlier this year, and Moscow's continued support for separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine.

Some EU food producers have sought ways around the Russian ban by exporting through Switzerland, the Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture said on 19 August, as quoted by the Wall Street Journal. The office said it has rejected requests from fruit, vegetable and foodstuffs producers, but declined to give further details.

Switzerland is required to certify food exports for hygiene, which it can't do if the products are processed outside its borders, said Jurg Jordi, a spokesman for the office.


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