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Russia to Halt Imports of Kentucky Gentleman Bourbon

The Federal Consumer Protection Service found signs of organic chemicals in the American bourbon.

Russia's state consumer protection watchdog is preparing to suspend imports of Kentucky Gentleman bourbon, adding to a growing list of products Russia has banned since the West imposed new sanctions over Moscow's support of rebels in Ukraine.

The Federal Consumer Protection Service found signs of phthalates — organic chemicals — in the bourbon, it said Monday in a statement on its website.

"As of now we are talking about this distillery only," a spokesman said, referring to the U.S. Barton 1792 Distillery where Kentucky Gentleman is made.

The U.S. state of Kentucky is a leader in U.S. bourbon production.

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