EU Temporarily Suspends Imports of Poultry from Ukraine

KYIV. Jan 23 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Imports of poultry, products made of it and thermally unprocessed products made of poultry from Ukraine is temporarily suspended, the State Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumers' Protection said on its website on Thursday.

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According to the report, this information was received from the European Commission in the evening on January 22.
According to the regulator, eggs and egg products do not fall under these restrictions.
"Ukraine, in accordance with international obligations as a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the World Organization for Animal Health, urgently warned its international trading partners about the detection of avian influenza. Ukraine's steps to control and eliminate avian influenza are recognized as conformed to those taken by EU member states. Given the reports of numerous conformity assessment missions, the outcome of negotiations and preliminary arrangements given the EU's decision is stunningly unexpected for the Ukrainian side," the ministry said.

MHP STOPS EXPORT OF POULTRY TO EU

KYIV. Jan 23 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Myronivsky Hliboproduct (MHP), certified in the EU, has stopped exports of poultry to these countries as of January 23, the group has said.

"All MHP production facilities continue to operate as normal and have begun to take all necessary steps according to the export sales diversification strategy approved by the group's management. MHP continues to adhere to existing quality and biosafety standards and sells its products both on the local market and in the countries, where there is no export ban," MHP said.

The group said that now the production team of specialists and veterinarians at the MHP facilities is following a clear plan to counteract bird flu and is taking all necessary measures to prevent potential outbreaks at all MHP production sites.

According to the group, at present the state veterinary authorities of Ukraine are in close cooperation with the EU authorities in order to coordinate and take all necessary steps to resolve the issue of opening the market and come to a final agreement on the implementation of detailed regionalization, which has not yet been officially ratified.

MHP said that in 2019 about 30% of the group's total exports were sent to the EU. In January-September 2019, MHP increased poultry exports by 26%, to 269,670 tonnes. In 2018, exports grew by 30%, to 286,800 tonnes.