April 19, 2012


Ukraine to resume cheese exports to Russia


Ukrainian cheese producers will soon be resuming cheese exports to Russia, according to Ukrainian Agricultural Policy and Food Minister, Mykola Prysiazhniuk.


"Three producers will soon resume cheese exports to Russia after remarks by the Russian side are removed," the minister said.


In particular, he recalled that the share of supplies of these producers accounted for 80% of Ukrainian cheese exports. At the same time, Prysiazhniuk said that the ministry was developing a number of measures to compensate for the losses of producers from a reduction in purchase prices for milk.


He said that these measures mainly concerned individual farms. "Butter and milk powder will be purchased for the reserve fund," the minister said.


He said that a complex of measures should lead to a rise in purchase prices for milk.


On February 27, 2012, Russia banned cheese supplies from four more Ukrainian companies - Bashtanka and Lozova cheese plants, Bel Shostka Ukraine, and Khmelnytsky Butter and Cheese Company.


Rospotrebnadzor said that a large amount of palm oil was found in Ukrainian cheese. Ukraine's Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service described these claims as groundless.