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Russia's Foreign Detergent Ban a Result of Alleged Health Risks: Report

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By    |   Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 01:22 PM

A new Russian ban on foreign detergent and cleaning products is being viewed by some as retaliation for sanctions placed by Western nations over the country's reported interference in Ukraine.

Rospotrebnadzor, the Russia's consumer protection agency, selected products by top foreign brands because of alleged health risk, including Colgate-Palmolive, Procter & Gamble, and Clorox in the United States, and Germany's Werner & Mertz and Henkel, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

The agency charged that its inspections revealed high levels of toxic ingredients in the products. RFE/RL noted that many of the companies listed by Rospotrebnadzor have Russian production facilities.

Anna Sergeyeva, a spokeswoman for Rospotrebnadzor, told Russian state-run news agency TASS that batches of products failed to comply with the safety norms after laboratory tests.

"The laboratory tests were and will be conducted in future," Sergeyeva said. "There is no time frame, the work is in line with the plan."

Russia already had a ban on food imports from the European Union, which includes 28 countries, according to The Associated Press. Moscow decided to continue that ban in early August.

"We are committed to ensuring that our products are safe to use and meet or exceed regulations where they are marketed," Procter & and Gamble said in a statement to the AP. "We believe our products are in compliance with the regulations in Russia and are seeking to work with the [agency] to resolve this matter as quickly as possible."

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported that Rospotrebnadzor has used health claims recently to target Western products that are not included on the banned import list.

For example, even though alcohol was not on Moscow's banned import list, Rospotrebnadzor pulled three California-produced wines from the Russian market on Aug. 17 after claiming the wines failed to meet Russian sanitation and health standards.

Henkel said, according to Reuters, that Rospotrebnadzor has not sent them any notices about failed tests.

"We are trying to find out what's going on and deciding on our next steps," Henkel spokeswoman Natalia Ovakimian said, according to Reuters.

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