The quality of Belarusian food products does not cause complaints from foreign consumers. None of the 58 countries to which Belarus delivers foodstuffs has complaints, except for Russia.
Note that we are not talking about the end customer (ordinary Russians are eager to buy Belarusian products), but the regulatory authorities.
The level of control and state standards at Belarusian plants are in many respects stricter than in other countries, including the same Russia.
Many claims of the Russian sanitary watchdog agency Rosselkhoznadzor are sometimes far-fetched.
Strangely enough, Russia is not willing to investigate cases when blatant falsifications are found in the Russian market under the guise of Belarusian products.
Minister of Agriculture and Food Leonid Zayats, in an interview with the CTV Channel, cited these very examples.
Accordingly, there is a reasonable question - is it all really about the protection of Russian consumers?
Leonid Zayats, Agriculture and Food Minister of Belarus:
The Shchuchin cheese factory has sold more than 4,000 cheeses to the Russian market. At the checkpoint, there were no complaints regarding quality. Once the cheese appeared on the shelves of Tver stores, Rosselkhoznadzor immediately revealed some discrepancies. It discovered Listeria and vegetable oil in the cheeses. When our services began to sort things out, it appeared that this cheese was falsified and does not belong to the Shuchin cheese factory. We asked the Russian police to file a case, but it refused to initiate criminal proceedings.