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France’s Auchan Targeted in Food Checks Campaign

Nationwide inspections of the French grocery tradesman Auchan launched late final month by a supervision watchdog have developed into a high-profile misrepresentation debate involving tip Russian officials.

Political and industry analysts are divided over either the pressure on one of Russia’s biggest retailers is a way to send a signal to the European Union that has sealed horns with Russia in a sanctions fight over the conflict in Ukraine.

The latest storm opposite Auchan came from the conduct of the State Duma confidence committee, Irina Yarovaya, who called for Auchan and other sell bondage to respect both the law and customers by not charity “fake products and poison.”

“It is strange that Auchan member have not asked their business to forgive them,” she told reporters late Thursday, TASS reported.

In late July, inspectors of Rosselkhoznadzor, a government group tasked with monitoring the quality of agricultural products, carried out unscheduled inspections of Auchan’s hypermarkets in Moscow and the Moscow region, and reported countless storage, estimate and sales violations within Auchan’s beef products.

The head of the agency, Sergei Dankvert, told Russian media that the probes into Auchan were systematic by Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich.

Following the initial news on July 30, Rosselkhoznadzor has methodically reported on violations detected within 4 Auchan outlets.

Inspectors indicted the retailer of misleading business with beef labels display death dates fluctuating over the allowed boundary in order to extend shelf-life.

Another investigation by Rosselkhoznadzor reportedly suggested that sausage over the death date was used on pizza in an Auchan supermarket, according to the watchdog’s Jul 31 report.

On Aug. 4, Rosselkhoznadzor reported that the inspectors had found traces of pig, duck and sheep DNA in Auchan’s beef mince. Pork chop was also infested by chicken, sheep and even equine DNA, the agency said.

Out of the 47 samples of meat products collected, 35 did not approve with Russian food standards, the watchdog pronounced in its statement.

The latest defilement came from Perm on Friday when a local Auchan hypermarket was indicted of selling Chilean salmon that lacked correct documentation, informal media reported.

While the retailer betrothed to fight the accusations, Auchan has concurred some of the reported violations and promised to fix them.

On Aug. 11, the retailer sealed all meat-processing comforts for a 24-hour disinfection and has invited Rosselkhoznadzor to conduct serve inspections of Auchan products.

Auchan’s member declined to comment to The Moscow Times on the probable reasons behind the crackdown.

On Thursday, the head of Rosselkhoznadzor’s branches in Moscow and the Moscow and Tula regions, Yevgeny Antonov, pronounced in an talk with Moskva 24 radio channel that his group had perceived a letter from the French Embassy expressing the regard over checks in quality control at Auchan.

“We know everything, though we are doing the pursuit and the retailers have to do their pursuit properly,” the news hire cited Antonov as saying.

Later that day, the French Embassy pronounced in a press recover that it had not “expressed concern” over Auchan, though reliable that it had contacted Rosselkhoznadzor per the technical sum of the inspections.

Taking into account the recent mutual extensions of sanctions between the West and Russia, some experts consider domestic motives behind the campaign’s concentration on the French sell giant.

“The inspections, the tightening of sanctions and destruction of prohibited Western food could all be links in the same chain,” pronounced Alexei Makarkin, clamp boss of the Center for Political Technologies, a Moscow-based consider tank.

“This could be another vigilance to the West,” he said.

Natalya Kolupayeva, a retail and consumer marketplace researcher at Raiffeisenbank, disagreed.

“No politics can be concerned here,” she said.

Auchan’s fast and successful growth in Russia proves that the authorities do not reason any grudges opposite the retailer, according to Kolupayeva.

One of the world’s largest retailers, Auchan has operated on the Russian marketplace given 2002. There are 88 Auchan hypermarkets in Russia and the association is one of the country’s largest employers.

Kolupayeva suggested that the Auchan event is the result of an boost in officials’ courtesy toward all retailers amid severe high acceleration and food sanctions.

In any case, “Auchan will continue to work,” Rosselkhoznadzor’s Antonov told Moskva 24.

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Article source: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/article/528016.html