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Pepsico will not export any further shipments of seed potatoes to Russia

Scottish seed potato growers caught up in the consternation around the proposed export of consignments of seed to Russia got a reprieve yesterday when food giants Pepsico revealed it would not export any further shipments.

A spokesperson for the group, which is the parent company of Walkers and Lay’s crisps, said: “We have discussed the matter with our Scottish farmers and have made the decision to discontinue further shipments. Our motivation has always been to support our farmers and avoid damaging future food production.”

The supply of the consignment of seed to Russia had drawn considerable criticism, from the general public, from within the trade itself and from politicians who had been critical of the Scottish government’s role in providing the certification required for the seed to be exported.


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