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Russian watchdog keeps controlling Ukrainian products regardless of politics

March 12, 2014, 17:49 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Russia’s Rospotrebnadzor takes all necessary measures to control standards of production regardless of the political situation in the country

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MOSCOW, March 12. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s Federal Consumer Rights Protection and Human Health Control Service, Rospotrebnadzor, keeps controlling food supplies from Ukraine to the Russian market, which is in no way related to the political situation in the country, Rospotrebnadzor interim head Anna Popova told journalists on Wednesday.

“We do not connect our current activity with the political situation in Ukraine, but we continue controlling products supplied to the Russian market,” Popova said. “In the event that we reveal production which fails to meet the standards effective inside Russia or inside the Customs Union, we take all necessary measures regardless of its manufacturer.”

Asked about the possible resumption of the supplies of sweets manufactured by the Ukrainian corporation Roshen, banned earlier due to non-compliance with quality requirements, Popova said: “We have made certain conditions for the return of Roshen products [to the Russian market] but we have received no answer to our questions yet. And there has been actually no information from there lately.”

Roshen Corporation is the leading company in Ukraine and one of the key world producers. It includes four Ukrainian confectionaries (the Kiev, Vinnitsa, Mariupol and Kremenchug ones), the Lipetsk confectionary factory (Russia), the Klaipeda confectionary factory (Lithuania), Bonbonetti Choco Kft (Hungary), as well as the Bershadmoloko butter and milk plant. Roshen produces about 200 types of confectionaries. The total amount reaches 450,000 tonnes. Products are supplied to Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Moldova, Central Asia, Germany, the United States, Israel, Lithuania and other states.

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