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Russian food safety agency Rospotrebnadzor banned as of Monday imports of Ukrainian salt produced by Artemsol state enterprise citing presence of prohibited ingredients in the product, the agency said on its website.

“Research results of the federal state sanitary and epidemiological inspection and federal state inspection in the sphere of consumer rights protection revealed violations of the current legislature by the producer at the issue,” the agency said in its statement.

The annual demand of the Russian Federation for salt is about 1.5-1.6 million tonnes. Last year, Ukraine supplied the Russian market with 500,000 tonnes of salt, or 80% of Russia’s total imports of the commodity, according to Unian.

The largest foreign supplier of salt to Russia is a Ukrainian state enterprise Artemsol. In 2013, the company delivered to Russia 1.6 million tones of food and technical salt.