Rospotrebnadzor finds in Kazan nuts from the US, shrimps from Canada, and the customs – smuggled fur coats

Ten facts about the results of two-year food embargo in Tatarstan

Rospotrebnadzor finds in Kazan nuts from the US, shrimps from Canada, and the customs – smuggled fur coats Photo: gazeta.ru

Since the beginning of the year, specialists of Rosselkhoznadzor administration in the Republic of Tatarstan have identified about three tonnes of sanctioned products, which, as representatives of the authorities assure, were confiscated and destroyed. Among most often imported products to the republic there are banned Polish apples and pears, as well as Turkish tomatoes. Majority of goods are supplied from the territory of Belarus. Rospotrebnadzor experts have found in the Kazan catering nuts from the United States, shrimps from Canada and beloved but banned French cheese. This was reported to journalists at a briefing. Realnoe Vremya has made the top 10 most interesting facts about the fate of the sanctioned products in Tatarstan.

Eight tonnes for two years

During the action of food embargo in Russia, Rosselkhoznadzor has revealed and destroyed in Tatarstan more than 8 tonnes of banned agricultural products.

Nuts from the US and shrimps from Canada ''seeped'' to Cheremshan settlement

During the period of activity of sanctions, specialists of Rospotrebnadzor of Tatarstan confiscated 17 batches of food products from EU countries, Canada and the United States at a volume more than a tonne.

''Among the confiscated products — nuts from the United States, shrimps from Canada, various kinds of cheese from France and Canada. The products were confiscated in the shopping centres of Kazan, Naberezhnye Chelny and in Cheremshan settlement,'' announced Elena Sizova, the head of the department of supervision on the hygiene of food of the management of Rospotrebnadzor at a briefing in Tatar-inform.

French cheese marked ''made in France'' have been found in an elite restaurant, said Sizova but did not name the restaurant. Photo: Maksim Platonov

French Parmesan cheese in an elite restaurant

Sanction products have been identified at public catering establishments. Since the beginning of the year, the regional department of Rospotrebnadzor has revealed two batches of tomatoes from Turkey in the amount of 30 kg, more than 300 kg of fruits and vegetables in wholesale warehouse.

''French Parmesan cheese marked ''made in France'' has been found in an elite restaurant. During the period of embargo, there have been drawn up more than 6,500 protocols on administrative violations at 40 million rubles. Here are the figures on the sanctioned products,'' said Sizova but did not name the restaurant.

Parmesan cheese is allowed to import, but only for yourself

However, according to deputy head of the regional office of Rosselkhoznadzor Lenara Fatterakhmanova, every citizen of the Tatarstan Republic, despite the effect of the food embargo, is allowed bring from the EU up to 5 kg of banned Parmesan cheese.

''Most importantly, it must be no more than 5 kg and accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate,'' he said.

Every citizen of the Tatarstan Republic, despite the effect of the food embargo, is allowed bring from the EU up to 5 kg of banned Parmesan cheese. Photo: greatitalianchefs.com

32 tonnes of products condemned as defective

Besides, according to Sizova, the agency condemned about 4,000 batches of food products at a volume more than 32 tonnes as defective. Products had signs of spoilage or expiration date and had no accompanying documents confirming the expiration date.

Counterfeit car parts and perfumes

Tatarstan customs revealed 102,600 units of counterfeit products in 2016.

''It is car parts — 148 units, electric saws — 532 units, cosmetics, hygienic and perfume products — 45 units, vials for perfume — 100,100 units, toys – 1,200 units, batteries — 152 units,'' said Leila Tufetulova, deputy head of Tatarstan customs.

Fake Adidas, Chevrolet, Renault

According to her, 11 cases of administrative offences have been initiated under part 1 of the article of the administrative code, for illegal use of trademarks such as Chevrolet, Renault, Secret, Adidas etc. The amount of avoided damage to copyright holders amounted to almost 3,5 million rubles.

According to Tufetulova, Tatarstan customs revealed 102,600 units of counterfeit products in 2016. Photo: customsonline.ru

Disguised as green peas and wallpaper paste

According to deputy head of the regional office of Rosselkhoznadzor Lenar Fatterakhmanov, they tried to import banned products in the country under the guise of green peas, mineral water, sugar, kvass and even wallpaper paste.

''Such cases in Tatarstan have not been identified, but Rosselkhoznadzor of the Russian Federation cites statistics that says that from August 2014 to April 2017 there were detained and destroyed about 11,000 tonnes of smuggled plant products and about 400 tonnes of products of animal origin. This mainly happens on the Belarusian-Russian and Kazakhstan borders, where there are phytosanitary posts.

4,000 of smuggled fur coats

Labeling of fur products with control identification signs (KiZ) has provided the budget of Tatarstan with additional 11 million rubles.

''During the inspection in five shops there have been revealed 4,000 units of products of leather and fur, the legality of importation of which the owners of the shops could not confirm. The goods were declared, the amount of additionally charged amounts of customs payments amounted to more than 11 million rubles,'' said Tufetulova.

On the scale of Russia, the chipping has given the economic effect at 14 billion rubles.

In five shops there have been revealed 4,000 units of products of leather and fur, the legality of importation of which the owners of the shops could not confirm. Photo: sputnik.kg

A hotline to combat sanctioned products

Tatarstan has a hotline where residents of the Republic can report on cases of import or sale of banned products.

''The number of identified banned import goods remains significant. Unscrupulous suppliers import goods to Russia without complying with storage conditions, which is dangerous. It is provided with a penalty at a rate of double amount of the cost of a good and then the goo is confiscated,'' said Eldar Garayev, assistant to Tatarstan Transport Prosecutor.

By Damira Khairulina