Rosselkhoznadzor bans supply of dairy products from Belarus since June 6, 2018

The prohibition concerns dairy raw materials, including those in consumer packs exceeding 2.5 liters.

The list of the prohibited products includes: pasteurized milk and cream, sterilized and ultrapasterized milk in bulk; milk and cream – dried, concentrated, canned and condensed; whey bulk: concentrated, dried; concentrate of whey and milk protein.

It is worth noting that the ban will also affect all of these products, supplied in consumer packs of more than 2.5 liters.

Rosselkhoznadzor is drawing attention of consumers to the fact that the listed Belarusian products up to 2.5 liters are not subject to the ban and will continue to be supplied to Russia. The information was confirmed also by the press secretary of Rosselkhoznadzor Yulia Melano. The representatives of the department were informed about the decision by the Director of the Department of Veterinary and Food Supervision of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of the RB Ivan Smilgin.

In late February this year, the agency already announced its intention to ban import of dairy raw materials from Belarus. At first it was planned to introduce the ban since February 26, then the term was postponed until March 5, and then till March 15. It is worth noting that at that time there were no restrictions on the supply of products in consumer packaging, as it is now.

In the supervisory department, the posponing of the ban was initially motivated by the conduct of negotiations, and then by expectation of the inspection of enterprises.

The market reaction to the decision of the service was ambiguous, considering the situa of a sharp fall in milk prices this winter. According to analysts, the complete closure of supplies of raw materials from Belarus will exacerbate the situation in the Russian dairy market. According to Mikhail Mishchenko, Director of the Milk Market Research Center (RDRC), the ban on supply of Belarusian dairy raw materials to Russian Federation is not related to quality of products, and in the long term will have a negative impact on the market.


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