Russia suspends sale of three California wines

news  %tages Russia suspends sale of three California winesRussian officials have said quality concerns forced them to pull sales of some California wines, including Geyser Peak Merlot, at a time of heightened political tension between Russia and the US. Russia's state parliament (Duma) was believed to be considering banning French wine imports in late 2014Russia’s state consumer protection body said it had suspended sales of some California wines because they contained excess pesticide residues. Gnarly Head Chardonnay, Geyser Peak Merlot and Crane Lake Moscato were the brands affected.
Tests showed excess levels of phthalate and bifenazate in some of the wines, according to the watchdog, named Rospotrebnadzor.
But, several media, including the Moscow Times, linked the timing of the ban with worsening political tension between Russia and US – particularly over Ukraine.
Russia has a description of banning food and wine imports from nations it is in political dispute with.

See also: Russia may ban imports of French wine

Earlier this month, Russian officials appeared to re-start an argument with Georgia over the quality of wine imports. Rospotrebnadzor said Georgian wines violated safety regulations and had not been properly inspected previous to being exported.
Georgia’s ministry of agriculture retaliated by defending standards in its wine industry, saying that wines were sent to laboratories for rigorous testing.
In December 2014, Rospotrebnadzor said it had suspended 3,000 litres of wine from sale – most of it believed to be from Georgia and Bulgaria – because it either disastrous quality tests or came with the incorrect papers.
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