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Roshen ready for immediate check by Russian experts - Ukrkondprom

July 31, 2013, 2:55 UTC+3
The Association urged the Ukrainian government to take the efforts at conciliation to settle the problem by avoiding any trade bans
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KIEV, July 31 (Itar-Tass) - Ukraine’s Roshen Confectionary Corporation is ready to give its products to be checked and certified by Russian experts, president of the Association of Confectionary Industry Ukrkondprom Alexander Baldinyuk said on Tuesday, July 30.

On July 29, the Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights (Rospotrednadzor) banned Roshen confectionary supplies to Russia.

“The Association believes that any administrative bans from Russia will make us to impose artificial restrictions on mutual trade. The Association notes that it is ready that its products were checked and certified by Russian experts,” Baldinyuk said.

The Association urged the Ukrainian government to take the efforts at conciliation to settle the problem by avoiding any trade bans. The Association’s press service told Itar-Tass that Rospotrebnadzor’s bans “can only damage the Ukrainian economy”. In particular, every month Roshen’s export reaches 16.87 million dollars. Last year Ukraine exported 438.8 tonnes of confectionary at the amount of 1.1 billion dollars: at least 213.1 tonnes at the sum of 608.7 million dollars were exported to Russia.

The Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights imposed a ban on the import of Ukrainian Confectionary Corporation Roshen to Russia.

Chief sanitary inspector Gennady Onishchenko said the Russian service had pretensions to Ukrainian confectionary. “Of late the quality of confectionary products imported from Ukraine raised our great concern. First of all, this concerns Roshen’s candies,” Onishchenko said.

The inspection proved that Ukrainian products “do not correspond to the earlier mentioned parameters. Particularly, benzopyrene has been found in Roshen milk chocolate”, the chief sanitary inspector said.

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In 2013 Forbes named him among the 100 richest Ukrainian businessmen with 1.6 billion dollars.

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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