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Egypt resumes fruit, vegetable exports to Russia: MENA

Russia had said on 16 September it would temporarily suspend the import of fruit and vegetables from Egypt

Ahram Online , Monday 3 Oct 2016
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An Egyptian street vendor sits at the back of a pickup truck along with vegetables displayed for sale, in Cairo, Egypt (AP)
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Egypt resumed its exporting of fruits and vegetables to Russia on 1 October after Russia lifted an import ban on Egyptian produce, a Russian embassy official told state news agency MENA on Monday.

Russia is buying all the produce it has traditionally been importing from Egypt with the exception of potatoes, the official added.

Russia had said on 16 September it would temporarily suspend the import of fruit and vegetables from Egypt starting 22 September.

However, the country backtracked on its decision on 26 September after Egypt said it would take every precaution to guarantee the safety and quality of its agricultural imports heading to Russia.

Russian delegations will visit Cairo in October and November to make sure fruits and vegetables comply with Russian food safety standards, the Russian official stated.  

The Russian ban coincided with Cairo rejecting a Russian wheat shipment for containing the common ergot grain fungus in accordance with a new policy banning the import of wheat with any amount of ergot.

Cairo has since amended its rules and agreed to buy Russian wheat, accepting shipments with low levels of the fungus.

Egyptian agricultural products exported to Russia are estimated at $350 million annually. 

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