(QHA) -

Rosselkhoznadzor (Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance of Russia) have extended the term of import permits for Ukrainian food products certified by Ukraine’s state's veterinary service and destined for Crimea till October 1, press-service of Rosselkhonadzor reports.

The term was prolonged to avoid food shortages on Crimean territory. Crimea and city of Sevastopol are the only permitted destinations allowed, an agency statement said on Thursday.

Rosselkhoznadzor had announced it would toughen clearance requirements for inbound Ukrainian food imports to Crimea and Sevastopol starting on July 1, measures designed to prevent hazardous products crossing the border.

Between June 12 and June 15, Rosselkhoznadzor specialists discovered more than 100 tonnes of counterfeit products shipped from Ukraine to Crimea. These included batches of pork, butter, seafood, ice cream and sausage alongside live piglets and calves.