EU Supports Ukraine to Improve Food Safety Control System (07/07/2014)

The opening of the EU-funded Project “Improvement of Food Safety Control System in Ukraine” took place on 4 July, 2014 at the project’s launch event in Kyiv. The Project aims at facilitating the production of safe food in Ukraine, increasing the confidence of Ukrainian consumers in the safety of Ukrainian products, and increasing opportunities for export of Ukrainian products to the EU and wider global markets.

In his welcoming speech Mr Andrew Rasbash, Counsellor Minister and Head of Operations for the EU Delegation to Ukraine said: “There are huge opportunities for Ukrainian businesses to export more products to the EU”, adding that "the project will help to open up these opportunities while at the same time helping to increase the confidence of Ukrainian consumers in the safety of Ukrainian production”.

Mr Vitaliy Bashinskiy, National Project Coordinator and Deputy Head of the Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service of Ukraine emphasized the commitment of the Service to work with the project’s experts. He added that “this project follows on from very successful previous EU-funded projects and is very ambitious in terms of activities and results. But we are determined to work hard and to ensure the success of the project”.

The European Union is assisting the State Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service of Ukraine to improve the system of ensuring safe food “from farm to fork” in Ukraine. With a budget of almost € 3.8 million, the EU-funded Project “Improvement of Food Safety Control System in Ukraine” (IFSSU) will help to harmonise relevant Ukrainian legislation with corresponding legislation of the EU, establish and implement a regulatory environment that facilitates the production of safe food and feed, as well as increases export opportunities for Ukrainian producers.

The Project duration is 33 months, and the end result of the international experts’ assistance will be a high level of protection of public health and consumers' rights, a sustainable reduction in incidence of food-borne infection, and increased acceptance of Ukrainian products on domestic and international markets.

The IFSSU Project is implemented by the Danish-led consortium of Grontmij A/S, WYG International (UK), Agriconsulting (Belgium), and the Lithuanian State Veterinary Service.

The current Project is part of the EU’s €10 mln Comprehensive Institution Building (CIB) Programme for food safety in Ukraine.

For more information, please, contact:

Iryna Protsenko, Communications and Visibility Expert at EU Project “Improvement of Food Safety Control System in Ukraine” 

Borys Hrinchenko St., 1, office 38

Kyiv 01001, Ukraine

Tel.: +38 044 2276380

e-mail: ifssu@gmail.com

www.vet.gov.ua