Ukraine revises methods for inspecting quality of honey exported to Czech Republic
An investigation into the quality of honey that is exported to the Czech Republic has revealed the necessity of revising some methods of its inspection, according to a posting on the website of the State Service for Food Safety and Consumers' Protection of Ukraine.
Deputy Head of the Service Volodymyr Lapa said that EU legislation allows EU members to set tougher requirements to food at the national level.
"In the case with exports of Ukrainian honey to the Czech Republic it was established that our inspection methods met the requirements of the EU, but the Czech Republic had the tougher requirements at the national level. We can say that Ukrainian food could be not in line with the requirements of the Czech Republic," Lapa said.
He added that at present, Ukraine has revised the procedure to meet the requirements of the importing country. Now companies are to meet safety requirements that are in effect in the country of destination when they sign contracts. These requirements are to be also observed in the registration of international veterinary certificates.
"These cases can happen almost in all countries. Trust to the authorized agency depends on how quickly we react to these situations. If we take measures to guarantee observation of law, trust remains," Lapa said.
As reported, the Czech Republic has revealed prohibited (antimicrobial) agents in the honey of Ukrainian origin, as a result Ukraine suspended the issuance of veterinary documents for honey supply to the EU until the circumstances are clarified.