Ukraine will produce feeds according to the EU food safety standards. In particular, last week the deputies of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine approved a Law “On safety and hygiene of feeds” aimed at the implementation of Ukraine-EU Association Agreement. The document sets requirements concerning hygiene, product labeling, and feeds packing, as well as regulates relations between manufacturers and government authorities.
The new law was designed through joint efforts of deputies, specialists of the State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and Consumer Protection, experts of the EU Project “Improvement of Food Safety Control System in Ukraine”, and Reform Support Team at the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine.
Tony Wheale, the team leader of the EU Project, says that Ukraine is adopting the food safety system based on the European principle “from farm to fork”. According to the new law, from now on each producer on the feed market (except for primary production) is required to implement a system for reducing the risk of safety hazards in food entitled HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point), as well as the system monitoring products and their ingredients according to the “one step forward – one step back” principle. Besides, strict requirements relating to product labeling on all stages of production and feed circulation are imposed as well.
The Law introduces a simplified registration system. While earlier all market participants had to register all feed additives, prepared feeds, and premixes every five years, now they are required to register feed additive only once in ten years. This step should contribute to the reduction of administrative pressure on businesses and cutting of cost prices. Moreover, the new law will help expand the export of Ukrainian products to the international market.
Source: Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine