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Lithuania is tightening controls to prevent illegal imports of vegetables from Russia

Published May 9, 2024

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Lithuania's Ministry of Agriculture is increasing controls on imported vegetables to prevent illegal importation from Russia, following complaints from local growers about cucumbers and tomatoes from Hosia being smuggled in via Belarus and Poland with forged documents. The ministry will conduct more thorough checks on the origin of fresh fruits and vegetables and may involve an Austrian laboratory in this process. The ministry also supports pan-European measures to limit imports from Russia and has previously called on the European Commission to consider limiting the import of food products from Russia and Belarus.
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Lithuania's Ministry of Agriculture said it is tightening controls on imported vegetables to prevent their illegal import from Russia. This is reported by LRT. According to the ministry, this is done in response to the statements of the country's vegetable growers that cucumbers and tomatoes grown in Hosia are being smuggled into Lithuania via Belarus and Poland using forged documents of origin. "We have heard accusations that they are trying to import Russian vegetables, allegedly grown in the European Union, into Lithuania. That's why we have strengthened checks on the information provided to consumers about the country of origin of fresh fruits and vegetables. We conduct laboratory tests to check the safety of these products," said Audrone Mikalauskene, head of the Lithuanian State Production and Consumer Service. Lithuania also intends to involve the Austrian laboratory in determining the origin of fruits and vegetables. Deputy Minister of Agriculture Vytenis Tomkus says that ...
Source: Agrotimes
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