In response to recent sanctions related to the conflict in Ukraine, Russia has prohibited food imports from the United States, European Union, Australia, Norway, and Canada. The ban extends to meat, fish, produce, and milk products and will remain in place for one year. Although alcohol was not included in the announced food import bans, the Russian consumer protection agency, Rospotrebnadzor, has reportedly threatened to prohibit the import of Kentucky Gentleman bourbon, citing potential carcinogens. In July 2014, Russia banned the import of soy products, cornmeal, dairy products, and canned foods from Ukraine and most fruit and vegetables from Poland. Some Russians have been critical of the ban and its projected effects on the Russian food supply. “[L]iterally every [Russian] family will be affected,” Yevsey Gurvich, head of Russian company Economic Expert Group, told The Washington Post. Russian bans of food imports have frequently coincided with their political tensions. Information on Rospotrebnadzor’s reported lawsuit against Russian locations of McDonald’s appears in Issue 532 of this Update. See Associated Press, July 31, 2014, The Fiscal Times, August 4, 2014, and The Washington Post, August 7, 2014.