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Oct 05.2018 

Every food business operator has to be responsible at their stage of the dairy value chain

The Third Annual International Conference of the Swiss-Ukrainian Project “Establishment of a risk-based food safety control system in the dairy value chain in Ukraine” took place on 3 – 4 October 2018. About 170 participants attended the Conference, including the representatives of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, central office and oblast directorates of the State Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumer Protection, research and educational institutions, associations, dairy producers and processors, international organizations and technical assistance projects. Head of the State Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumer Protection Volodymyr Lapa, General Director of Directorate for Food Safety and Quality of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine Mykola Moroz, Director of the Swiss Cooperation Office in Ukraine Holger Tausch and Coordinator of the Milk Safety Project Sabine Reist welcomed the conference participants.

The main goal of this conference is to raise awareness of stakeholders involved in the dairy sector about risk-based food safety control system and importance of the usage of “best practices” for the production of safe dairy products.

Volodymyr Lapa mentioned that the project’s activity is extremely important in terms of developing the legislative base, carrying out trainings for civil servants of the national and regional levels and business representatives. In addition, the important element of the project’s activity is providing laboratories with equipment and establishing the communication platform for different stakeholders.

“The number of participants of the conference is growing each year which is indicative of relevance of the topic and growing interest of the public. The project effectively cooperates with the State Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumer Protection and the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine and it has reached positive results but we have to move, on so it was decided that the project will be extended to April 2019”, noted Holger Tausch.

In his welcome speech Mykola Moroz highlighted the fruitful cooperation of the project and Ministry, especially related to elaboration of the Order on Approving the Requirements to Safety and Quality of Milk and Dairy Products.

Sabine Reist added that in 3 years the Project had achieved a lot of results, namely, about 50 missions of international experts to Ukraine had been made, 1500 persons-days of trainings had been held, a number of information materials had been elaborated and disseminated, 3 round tables on antibiotic residues and 2 rounds tables on control program of raw milk had been held. The project is assisting in establishing the Risk Assessment Unit of the State Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumer Protection, it has prepared lessons for 2 modules of e-learning and is elaborating the Dairy Module information system.

"The topic of the conference is interesting for a wide range of people, therefore, I hope that such events will become regular in Ukraine. During the conference, the experience of Switzerland in the field of animal identification and Poland in improving the quality and safety of milk will be presented. The representatives of the competent authority, the Ministry of Agriculture and associations of Moldova are also taking part in the conference this year", noted Marco De Nardi, an international expert of Milk Safety Project.

The conference consisted of 4 sessions which were devoted to the issues of regulatory framework, risk-based food safety control system, involvement of the private sector in food safety control system as well as veterinary drug residues in milk.

General Director of Directorate for Food Safety and Quality of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine Mykola Moroz informed that the Draft Order of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine On Approving the Requirements to Safety and Quality of Milk and Dairy Products had been published for public discussion at the official website and sent to corresponding central executive bodies. “Approval of the Order will allow establishing uniform requirements to safety, quality and hygiene during production, processing and placing in the market milk, colostrum and dairy products which are harmonized with the EU standards”, noted Mykola Moroz.

The speakers emphasized repeatedly that the concept of reforming the food safety control system is based on understanding by the producers their responsibility for safety of the food products produced. In particular, according to Article 40 of the Law of Ukraine No 2042 (On State Control) the state control of raw milk, except for the control by the competent body over compliance of milk producers with hygienic requirements, will also envisage control of implementation of periodic control of TBC and SCC in raw milk.

During the second day of the conference the representatives of dairy processing enterprises told about cooperation with their suppliers for the purpose of improving milk quality and safety as well as about peculiarities of audit and assessment of milk producers. For their part milk producers presented their experience, best practices of producing safe and quality milk and challenges which small-, medium- and large-scale producers face.

The final topic of the conference was devoted to control of antibiotic residues in milk. The speakers noted that use of antibiotics has to be reasonable and rational. Mass and inconsiderate use of antibiotics in animal treatment leads to residues of veterinary drugs in milk and appearance of antimicrobial resistance.

The cross cutting theme of the conference was the conviction that each participant of the dairy value chain (producer, milk collection point, transporter, processor, laboratory and competent authority) has to be responsible for quality and safety at their stage of the value chain and do their job professionally.


















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