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As a result of inspections conducted by Russia's Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor), the head of the agency, Anna Popova, said that 18 tonnes of Turkish contraband were found during the first week of 2016, and a week later this amount increased to a total of 22 tonnes of prohibited goods.

Starting on January 1, restrictions on Russian imports of Turkish food products officially took effect, and Russia's Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor) is about to start a series of extensive background checks at stores, trade centers and chains, and weekend fairs for prohibited fruit, vegetables and other types of products.

The head of Russia's Federal Service for Surveillance of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor) Anna Popova said that the fact that restrictions on Ukrainian and Turkish produce will be in full force as of January 1. She added that food that does not comply with the requirements or that is prohibited for entry into Russia after this date will be destroyed.

Since the start of 2015, Siberia purchased 432 thousand tonnes of food products, the amount of which was 13.7 percent less than the previous year.

A request to increase control at Russia's border with Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan was sent by Pavel Sychev, the first Deputy Chairman of the Commission on the support of family, children and motherhood public chamber, to the Minister of Agriculture Alexander Tkachev, head of the Federal Customs Service Andrey Belyaninov and head of Russia's Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing, Anna Popova. Members of the Commission fear that evidence of an increase in banned Turkish products in the Russian market will be seen by January 1, 2016.

According to an official press release of Russia's Federal Customs Service, inspectors of Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) and the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor) together with customs workers collected more than 1,000 tonnes of contraband.

A proposal, which asks that imported food products be thoroughly inspected by increasing control at the boarder and retail outlets, has already been sent to the Russian government to Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, who supervises the agricultural sector.

Between January and June, the collective increase in Gagauzia's shipments to Russia for various types of food products was 75.8 percent, Irina Vlakh, governor of Gagauzia said during a recent interview.

Following an inspection of a number of products from Russian companies, Kazakhstan's commitee for Consumer Protection of the Ministry of National Economy decided to end restrictions starting October 15 that were placed on Russian food products in early September, according to the agency's press release.

Anna Popova, deputy head of the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor), said during a press conference that there has been a significant hit to the quality of imported food products entering the Russian market.

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