The destruction of 350 tons of banned foreign food in Russia last week prompted outrage among critics who said the contraband victuals should be distributed to the poor.
Forbidden foodstuffs included Polish pig hearts and apples, Italian kiwis, Moroccan nectarines, Irish pork and cheeses of unknown provenance, the state agriculture watchdog reported. No American food was named in the reports.
“I agree that it does not look pleasant,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov conceded in an interview to RBC news website on Thursday. He said food was being destroyed out of “concern for citizens’ health.” ∞∞∞∞∞ SEE MORE ∞∞∞∞∞