Russian agriculture officials said Tuesday that the country is temporarily banning rice imports due to concerns about Asian and
The Russian Agriculture Ministry said in a statement that Russian authorities have found genetically modified
Alexeyev told the Associated Press that the purpose of the ban is to "simply (get) things in order."
"I think this will benefit all producers and by making the rules of the game more clear -- that consumer safety regulations must be followed," he says.
Some critics say
Russians consume 650,000 tons of rice every year, half of it imported.