Establishment of a risk-based food safety
control system in the dairy value
chain in Ukraine
Milk Safety Project
SAFOSO invites sealed bids from eligible and qualified bidders for the production of a film on milk safety
Feb 07.2019The bidding document is possible to receive on request, which shall be sent on tender email tender[at]safoso.com.ua with remark in the topic or body of the e-mail «Request on bidding documents».
Bidding proposals must be delivered to the SAFOSO office in Kiev before 18th February...
A series of trainings on epidemiological surveillance of animal health has been completed
Jan 31.2019On January 29-31, 2019, a training on methods of risk assessment and epidemiological surveillance of animal health was held within the framework of the Milk Safety Project for the specialists of the SSFSCP.
The second round of e-learning course for specialists of ssfscp on the use of best practices for the production of safe milk has finished
Jan 30.2019The e-learning course on "The Importance of Using Best Practices for Production of Safe Milk and Dairy Products", which lasted from December 3, 2018 to January 21, 2019, has been completed. The training was attended by 443 state inspectors, state veterinary inspectors and other specialists of the SSFSCP in the Volyn, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Zhytomyr...
BackgroundAgriculture and the agricultural value chain are important pillars of the Ukrainian economy. Prior to the recent geopolitical changes, agricultural commodities constituted about 20% of national exports and dairy products ranked number four in the list of main agricultural export products, after cereal, vegetable oils and oilseeds. The main export destinations were CIS countries, and in particular Russia, and several Asian and African countries. Exports to Russia have been severely affected recently by the current geopolitical difficulties, but already previously exports to Russia and other destinations were subject to significant fluctuations as a result of import bans.
The lack of compliance with EU and international food safety standards is a major obstacle towards the export ambition of the country towards EU and other higher quality markets and also represents a serious public health concern for national consumers due to the potential presence of milk pathogens or pharmaceutical residues (e.g. antibiotics). This has, for the time being, de facto nullified the possibilities for Ukraine to export high value-added final products (e.g. milk, cream, cheese) to the EU or other high-end markets due to the rigorous milk quality and safety standards required by EU member states. However, a recent mission by the Food and Veterinary Office of the European Commission noted that commendable improvements have been achieved in several areas even though many areas for further improvement continue to exist.
The causes for failure to comply with international food quality and safety standards are multifaceted
and range from incompatibility of the legal framework with international food safety standards, over
incomplete implementation and enforcement of existing standards, to a lack of awareness about the
importance of compliance with such standards among producers, the public sector and consumers.