National Food Doctrine disregards quality

16:30, 30 June 2011
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Adoption of the bill On Food Safety in Ukraine that stresses that “all of the country’s citizens shall be provided with the required quantity, variety and corresponding quality of food products,” may in fact the nation’s nutrition habits, according to KyivWeekly.

Experts surveyed by Komentari: weekly say the absence of a weighed balance of production and consumption in Ukraine is not a solution to the problem of how much grain the country needs to survive for the aforementioned two months.

Statistics of independent organizations show that while Ukrainians consume approximately 6 mn t of bread wheat per year, it is not for certain that producers use grains of exactly the same quality when they bake bread.

General Director of the Nibulon JV Oleksiy Vadaturskiy says that Ukraine’s food producers are not concerned about the quality of the foodstuffs they sell domestically so an average consumer buys low-quality products without even realizing it.

“Despite that Ukraine annually exports 15 – 25 mn t of grains to foreign markets, Ukrainians have to eat cheap bread made of flour of the poorest quality, for example, grains damaged by corn bugs and meat products of questionable origin, such as sausages and semi-finished products,” said Vadaturskiy.

According to the approved food doctrine, the government will maintain the stock of the country’s essential food products in the State Reserve of Ukraine for a period of 60 days.

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