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Russia Adds Three California Wines To Import Ban List

Russia's consumer rights watchdog Rospotrebnadzor has banned three types of wine from the United States in Moscow’s latest action against products from countries that have criticized Russia’s seizure and illegal annexation of Crimea and its support for pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

On August 17, Rospotrebnadzor banned some wines produced in California by Delicato Family Vineyards, Geyser Peak Winery, and Crane Lake Cellars.

The Russian agency says its investigation showed excess levels of phthalic acid and pesticides in the wines.

Rospotrebnadzor regularly announces violations in products from countries with which Moscow is engaged in diplomatic rows.

The United States and the European Union have imposed sanctions against Russia over its activities in Ukraine.

In response, Russia has banned most food important from the West – though alcohol has not yet been included on its black list.

Based on reporting by AFP and The Moscow Times