The Russian agency which oversees consumer rights, protection and human well-being, known as the Rospotrebnadzor, banned three different types of US-made wines after examining them for safety.
The three banned wines are Crane Lake Cellars Crane Lake Moscato, Geyser Peak Winery’s Geyser Peak Merlot, and the Gnarly Head Chardonnay from the Delicato Family Vineyards.
In a statement issued by the Rospotrebnadzor they said that after their investigation of the three wines they found high levels of phthalates in the Chardonnay, and both the Moscato and Merlot had unacceptable levels of phthalates and bifenazate, a pesticide.
“Phthalates are the first class of danger according to the sanitary and toxicological indicators, and can cause functional and other organic changes in the central and peripheral nervous system, as well as oncological illnesses, and fertility problems in both men and women,” the Rospotrebnadzor stated.
Over the last few months the Rospotrebnadzor has banned other foods from western countries, causing some to wonder if the bans are not entirely over safety concerns.
“Some observers see as a politically motivated move targeted at imports from countries that slapped sanctions on Russia over its support for separatists in Ukraine,” the Moscow Times stated.