January 05, 2022

Charcuterie à la 1984


Charcuterie à la 1984
Attack on snacks Управление Россельхознадзора по Свердловской области on YouTube

On December 29, the Sverdlovsk Region Administration of Rosselkhoznadzor (Russia’s Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance) posted a video of the burning of three hundred kilograms of sausage, ham, and cheese.

Officials posted the 18-minute video of the gustatory tragedy after the delectables were discovered during an inspection of the PolonAmbar store in Yekaterinburg. Some items came from countries whose products have been counter sanctioned by a 2014 decree of the President of the Russian Federation; others were of unknown origin.

The counter-sanctions are related to sanctions issued in response to the Ukraine conflict. The embargoes were rolled out in three stages: in 2014, products from the European Union, the United States, Australia, Canada, and Norway were banned; controls on items from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Albania, and Montenegro followed in 2015; and in 2016, Russia stopped the import of certain items from Ukraine.

It looks like Dmitry Nazarov, the store’s owner, won’t be bringing home the bacon this year. On top of his estimated half-million-ruble ($660) loss of product, he might also owe a fine of up to twenty thousand rubles ($650) under Article 10.8 Part 1 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation.

It’s not just poor Dmitry, folks. Rather than being enjoyed in proper New Year’s fashion, the tastiest of treats ended up cremated. But like the Russians say, “as you meet the New Year, you will spend it.” Perhaps best to clear out the larder early in preparation for a fresh start.

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