YEREVAN , October 16. / ARKA /. Chief of Armenia’s State Food Safety Service, Abram Bakhchagulyan, told a news conference today that all goods imported from Turkey to Armenia are subjected to lab examination.
Recently several Armenian public organizations argued that Turkish goods, mainly vegetables and cereals, imported to Armenia are of unknown origin and therefore pose a threat to public health.
Bakhchagulyan said that now all border checkpoints in Armenia have installed a new control system that prevents import of goods to Armenia without accompanying documents, while earlier a lab examination report was enough to allow them into the country.
He noted that agricultural products imported to Armenia not only from Turkey but also from other countries are subject to strict customs controls on the content of nitrates. He added that the products of plant origin are the products with the lowest risk.
According to the National Statistical Service, the trade between Armenia and Turkey in January- August 2013 dropped by 0.5 percent year-on-year to $125.9 million. -0-