Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered 7,5000 tons of Western food, most of which contains GMO ingredients, to be destroyed.
The destruction of the food comes after the Kremlin introduced a ban on Western imports in August of last year, and comes just months after Putin vowed to ban all GMO products in Russia.
Almost all the food that was destroyed — 7,282 tons — was of plant origin. 228.6 tons were products of animal origin, the news agency reported, citing the Rosselkhoznadzor state agricultural watchdog.
The destruction of banned food products from the West was ordered by President Vladimir Putin in August 2015.
The measure came a year after Russia imposed a ban on a wide range of food imports from the European Union, the U.S., Norway, Australia and Canada in response to the sanctions imposed on Moscow over the annexation of and its alleged involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Last year, Russia added Albania, Montenegro, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Ukraine to its food embargo list. In June, Putin signed a decree prolonging the ban until the end of 2017.