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Products corporation Roshen



Products corporation Roshen – Ukraine’s largest producer of confectionery – in Rospotrebnadzor is considered dangerous for consumption. Yesterday, the chief state sanitary doctor Gennady Onishchenko said a ban on its deliveries to the Russian market. Economic pressure from Russia is considered by experts as the desire to push Ukraine to the early entry into the Customs Union.

Federal Service banned the import of Russian Ukrainian confectionery corporation Roshen, said yesterday in an interview to “Interfax” agency chief sanitary doctor Gennady Onishchenko. For the examination department has selected products Kiev, Vinnitsa, Mariupol and Kremenchug factories Roshen of retail chains in Moscow. “We came to the conclusion that the products do not meet the specs. Violated requirements for quality and safety. There are grounds to speak of systemic violations of the existing legislation in the country to protect the rights of consumers,” – said Mr. Onishchenko.

In Rospotrebnadzor argue that the products Vinnitsa Confectionery “Konafetto” “does not meet the standard for fat content and organoleptic properties.” Candy “Mont Blanc” Kiev and Kremenchug factories, as well as dark chocolate and candy “Variety” Vinnitsa factory “have numerous variations in terms of quality.” A milk chocolate Roshen found benzopyrene.

Roshen – Ukraine’s largest confectionery manufacturer, the share of which in 2012 accounted for about 26% of their output. According to market participants, for Roshen Russia is the largest market, which has shipped about half of the 18 tons of common external supplies by about $ 50 million owners of the corporation is the MP Poroshenko.

In Roshen argue that, despite the critical statement is the second of Mr. Onishchenko to the production of the company (see “Kommersant” on July 12), the official claims to the company CPS has not yet been put forward. However, the reasoning that led the Office in Roshen considered incorrect. “The rules on the content of benzopyrene in chocolate products in Russia are not established. So what we have now accused is not completely clear,” – said the press service of the corporation. Director of the Institute of Ecological Hygiene and Toxicology. Bear Nicholas Prodanchuk adds that the results of the study products for harmful substances are usually very dependent on the conditions of the examination. “We are with you regularly breathe benzapirenom when we’re in town – a component of the exhaust gases. If you ask for, then almost any product you can find a whole range of prohibited substances,” – he said.

Official request

In Roshen already sent an official request to the Federal Service with a request to inform the corporation acts of testifying to the alleged violations. However, lawyers believe that the company will not be easy to defend their positions. “Such a ban can be removed by contacting the Ukrainian government, which may raise the issue at the WTO or in bilateral negotiations within the framework of existing agreements between the two countries, in particular the establishment of a free trade zone in the CIS”, – says the law firm adviser “Saenko Kharenko “Natalia Mykolskiy.

However, according to Mrs. Mykolskiy still Ukrainian authorities have avoided such disputes with Russia, even in the event of a large-scale export restrictions, such as a ban on the supply of cheese (see “Kommersant” on 18 April 2012). According to the calculations of the Institute of Economics and Forecasting of NAS of Ukraine, because of the ban last year to supply the dairy business in Russia received less per month more than $ 26 million

The restrictions on the import of Russian Ukrainian products will benefit primarily the Russian producers, says co-owner of the Russian factory “Konfael” Irina Eldarkhanova. “It is possible that the consumer does not even feel the lack of production Roshen. However, this may allow other Russian factories ramp up production,” – she said. According to Euromonitor, in 2012 the share of Roshen accounted for 3.2% of the Russian confectionery market (6th place among the manufacturers).

Head of the Center for Economic them. Razumkov Basil Yurchishin believes claims Gennady Onishchenko, the continuation of trade wars that have in recent years carried out in respect of Ukrainian products supplied to Russia. “This economic pressure from Russia, which thus encourages and urges Ukraine to join the Customs Union”, – he said. Therefore, in his opinion, it is possible that after the claims against Ukrainian confectionery follow restrictions on the importation of other goods. “Previously, Russia has repeatedly makes claims to the quality of Ukrainian cheese and meat,” – he said. This spring, another member of the Customs Union – Belarus – also restricted the sale of imported confectionery products (see “Kommersant” on 17 May). Now Belarus – one of the largest export markets for Ukrainian producers, and introduced measures threaten them losing more than $ 55 million in revenue per year.

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