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. This was sated by first deputy chairman of the Veterinary Service of Ukraine Volodymyr Gorzheev on March 1.
Simultaneously, the Ukrainian veterinary service does not exclude the possibility that its experts will inspect the system for monitoring the production of milk and dairy products in Belarus, "Interfax-Ukraine."
Vladimir Gorzheev stresses that the decision of the Veterinary Service of the introduction of a temporary ban on import of milk and dairy products from Belarus is not a political one. According to him, Ukraine has decided to take such a step only after there were detected some episodes of significant excess of antibiotics in milk products imported from Belarus.
In addition, according to Vladimir Gorzheev, in the autumn of 2011, when the regular check of Belarusian products revealed a significant number of antibiotics, the Ukrainian veterinary service warned Minsk about a possible ban.
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. According to the official report of the State Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service of Ukraine, "several violations of veterinary and sanitary requirements of Ukraine were revealed in February 2012 when exercising state veterinary and sanitary control of dairy products imported from Belarus to Ukraine."
The Ukrainian Gosvetfitosluzhba has accused Belarus of "systemic violations and lack of control by the competent authority of the Republic of Belarus on the use of veterinary drugs and compliance with the requirements of the importing country."