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Agrarian Policy Ministry unifies requirements for milk turnover for small-scale farms

KYIV. May 4 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food has approved a flexible approach to compliance with hygiene requirements in milk production on farms with up to five dairy cows or up to 50 sheep/goats, this will bring Ukrainian legislation closer to European requirements and improve the quality and safety of domestic milk.

Relevant order of the Ministry No. 209 dated April 7, 2022 with the requirements for primary production and circulation of milk by small-scale producers and points for their preparation was registered with the Ministry of Justice and published on the website of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy on Wednesday.

"The implementation of the draft order will reduce the burden due to the abolition of overly detailed and irrelevant requirements for small-scale milk production and its turnover. On the other hand, such regulation will ensure harmonization with the requirements for the safety and quality of milk and dairy products, approved by order of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy of March 12, 2019, No. 118," the Ministry of Agrarian Policy quotes its first deputy minister Taras Vysotsky.

According to him, a concrete step to harmonize food safety legislation with EU legislation will improve the image rating of Ukraine as a country exporting dairy products on the international market.

The order regulates the requirements for monitoring the health of animals and the use of veterinary drugs; premises and equipment for milking and premises for storing milk; milking, primary processing and collection of milk at the points of its reception; requirements for personnel involved in milking, primary processing, harvesting and transportation of milk to procurement points; milk collection points and its transportation to processing facilities.

The reasons for the corresponding changes in legislation were the low quality of milk produced by households of the population; outdated and irrelevant requirements for products that do not meet the new food legislation; lack of clear and understandable ways to sell raw milk; shortage of milk in the domestic market for further processing; lack of effective state control over milk production in households.

It also regulates the procedure for examining milk for compliance with the criteria established by the requirements for the safety and quality of milk and dairy products.

Compliance with these requirements will improve the quality and safety of milk produced in such farms, which is important in the context of the transition period to gradually increase the acceptable levels of criteria for raw milk.