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MOSCOW — Russia's consumer watchdog said on Thursday it had stopped imports of more than 550 tons of U.S. chicken legs as part of efforts to prevent "counterfeit and prohibited" food entering the market. Rospotrebnadzor said in a statement it had also stopped more than 77 tons of pig products from Poland and Germany as well as 110 tons of apples because they were labeled improperly.
In August, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced a ban fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, milk and dairy imports from the United States, the European Union, Australia, Canada and Norway. The decision followed a decree signed by President Vladimir Putin ordering the government to ban or limit food imports from countries that imposed sanctions on Moscow for its support of rebels in eastern Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea.