Russian regulator bans exports on dairy products of leading Turkish brand

Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Rosselhoznadzor banned the exports of dairy products produced by Turkey's leading brand Sütaş, Sputnik reported on Friday. 

The regulator said the ban decision was made due to the use of harmful substances detected in the dairy products of the company. 

The milk powder in the products contains antibiotic materials like spiramycin and tilmicosin, according to Rosselhoznadzor. 

With this latest ban, the number of Turkish companies exporting dairy products to Russia decreased to seven.

Sütaş has been operating since 1975 with a focus on milk and dairy products only. The company processes 900 million litres of milk per year in its four production facilities located in Turkey, Macedonia and Romania and offers 77 different products to its consumers. The company did not respond to the allegations, yet. 

Last year, Rosselhoznadzor said it had concerns over violations of veterinary and sanitary requirements of Eurasian Economic Union and the Russian Federation and warned Russian authorities about detection of contaminants in dairy products coming from Turkey and New Zealand.