Grain imports from Russia are carefully examined, says minister over radioactive blast

MENA , Friday 16 Aug 2019

FILE PHOTO: A combine harvests wheat in a field near the village of Kamennobrodskaya in Stavropol region, Russia July 4, 2019 REUTERS

Minister of Agriculture Ezz el Din Abu Steit stressed that all grain imports coming from Russia are subjected to quarantine checks to ensure they are free from any harmful substances that may pose a danger to Egypt's agriculture.

Abu Steit’s remarks came in response to reports questioning about the possible danger of importing wheat from Russia after the recent radioactive explosion in the country, the Ministry of Agriculture said in a statement Thursday.

The minister assigned head of the Central Department of Agricultural Quarantine Ahmed El Attar to contact Egypt's trade representative in Moscow to make sure that agricultural lands in Russia were not affected by the blast, it added. 

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