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A bulldozer was used to crush 10 tons of illegal cheese (RIA Novosti)

Russian officials have steamrolled tonnes of cheese, fruit and vegetables, defying public outrage to begin a controversial drive to destroy Western food smuggled into the country.

A spokeswoman for the food safety agency Rosselkhoznadzor said in a statement released by the agriculture ministry on Thursday that the flattened cheese – amounting to almost nine tonnes – would be buried underground.

“From today, agricultural produce, raw products and foods, which come from a country that has decided to impose economic sanctions on Russian legal entities or individuals … and which are banned from import into Russia, are due to be destroyed,” Rosselkhoznadzor said.
(Al Jazeera)