Food quality standards in Russia are tighter than elsewhere, the authorities say, but not all producers and retailers observe them.
Products sold in the street may be expired or prepared unsafely.
Ready-to-eat food at low-end supermarkets who tend to use the cheapest ingredients may be of poor quality but still safe if consumed immediately.
Tap water in Moscow is potable, the city’s water supply utility’s officials say. Most Muscovites drink it and use it for cooking without further filtering. However, some environmentalists claim that the water treatment regulations in Russia are somewhat softer than in the US or the EU.