Russia may ban Ukrainian powdered milk and dry whey imports

Russia may ban imports of powdered milk and dry whey from Ukraine due to the discovery of harmful substances in them.

"We are sending our Ukrainian colleagues a proposal to hold talks within the framework of the WTO SPS agreement, and also to discuss our concerns about the discovery of tetracycline group antibiotics in powdered milk and dry whey," the head of the Russian agriculture watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor, Sergei Dankvert, told Interfax.

The Rosselkhoznadzor register currently has 11 Ukrainian supplier companies, Dankvert said. "We reckon that production from 30% of these is under reinforced control," he said. "And the rise in the discovery of harmful substances could be due to the hot weather and the increased use of antibiotics, as well as the lack of controls over exported products. This means that the relevant steps must be taken," he said.

The Russian service plans to talk to its Ukrainian colleagues about ways to resolve the situation, Dankvert said. "The problem is that the Ukrainian service is currently in an unclear state for us, we do not know its leaders, it is not trying to make contact," he said. "That is why we want to resume contacts first of all and discuss how to move forward. If our colleagues have specific proposals, we are ready to look at them," he added.

Talks may be held in the next few days, Dankvert said.

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