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The Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine has established rules for labeling meat, olive oil and honey in accordance with EU legislation, regulating the procedure for entering data on the country and place of origin on the packaging of products, the department said on the website on Monday.
According to resolution No. 679 dated April 1, 2021 promulgated by the department, the marking is established for fresh, chilled and frozen poultry meat, cattle, pork, lamb and goat meat, by-products of cattle and poultry, honey, virgin olive oil and extra virgin olive oil.
The document prescribes the indication on the packaging of meat and its products of the following information: country (countries) of origin, fattening, slaughter of animals; a number or code for reference providing a link between the meat and the animal (group of animals) from which the meat was obtained; registration number and country of location of the abattoir; registration number and country of the meat stripping and deboning capacity.
Labeling refers to products manufactured in Ukraine or imported (sent) into the customs territory of Ukraine, at all stages of their sale. The document does not apply to products intended for personal consumption.
The resolution comes into force from the day of its official publication and is put into effect three years from the date of its entry into force.
The document specifies that products made before the entry into force of this resolution, but do not meet its requirements, may be in circulation until the end date of consumption or expiration date.
“The resolution was drafted on the basis of the requirements of the EU acts and is another step towards our European integration, as well as the creation of a common food market with the European Union. As a result of the adoption of the resolution, consumers will receive more detailed information about the country or place of origin of food products. This will also allow to reduce opportunities for counterfeiting and falsification of food products,” Deputy Economy Minister Serhiy Hluschenko said.

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President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has signed the law on basic principles and requirements for organic production, circulation and labeling of organic products, the presidential press service has said. According to the report, the implementation of the norms of the law will ensure the improvement and harmonization of the Ukrainian legislation with the legislation of the European Union in the sphere of production and circulation of organic goods and will help create transparent business conditions, reduce unfair competition, increase the competitiveness of domestic organic products and expand foreign markets for its sale.
The law establishes the basic principles and requirements for organic production, circulation and labeling of organic products, the basis for the legal regulation of organic production, the circulation of organic products and the functioning of the market of such goods. The legal basis for the activity of central executive authorities, the subjects of the organic products market and the direction of state policy in these areas are also defined.
As reported, the Verkhovna Rada on July 10 at second reading and as a whole adopted law No. 5448-d on basic principles and requirements for organic production, circulation and labeling of organic products. Some 237 people’s deputies voted for the document with the quorum being 226 votes.

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