The department of veterinary and food supervision of the Ministry of Agriculture and Foodstuffs of Belarus says they have received no official claims of the State Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service of Ukraine to the quality and safety of the delivered milk and meat products. Nevertheless, chief inspector of Belarus State Veterinary Service Yuri Pivovarchik left for Ukraine on March 1.
The purpose of his visit is to ascertain the reasons for making decisions on the Ukrainian side on the temporary suspension of imports of the Belarusian meat and dairy products.
The department of veterinary service of Belarus reports that February 10, Polatsk Dairy Plant received a claim from a private enterprise Premerprodukt-Zhytomyr regarding the quality of the sweet-cream butter "Peasant." These entities are the basis for litigation here.
"At the request of the State Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service of Ukraine of February 24, 2012, the Department of Veterinary and Food Supervision of Belarus informed the Ukrainian party in detail about regional exercises of the state veterinary service in Hrodna on the elimination of the introduction and spread of ASF (African swine fever - Telegraf). Any additional information from the Ukrainian side hasn’t been requested," said the agency.
As Telegraf previously reported, March 1, 2012, Ukraine introduced a temporary ban on import of dairy and meat products from Belarus, as well as the animals susceptible to African swine fever (ASF), products and raw materials from them.
The State Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service of Ukraine is ready to lift its ban on imports of milk and dairy products from Belarus, if the Belarusian side provides the guarantee of its products’ antibiotics spot test. Simultaneously, the Ukrainian veterinary service does not exclude the possibility for its experts to inspect the system for monitoring the production of milk in Belarus.