From 1 January 2018 will enter into force new requirements for the quality of Ukrainian chocolate in accordance with European norms and standards and will be binding on all Ukrainian producers. This was announced by Deputy Minister of agrarian policy and food of Ukraine on European integration Olga Trofimova on a press-conferences, transfers UNIAN.
“When we talk about chocolate and the requirements for quality and safety, it is clear that we need to start talking about the requirements for cocoa beans and how they are processed and imported to Ukraine. Therefore, the order which has been signed in 2016, and takes effect from 1 January 2018, really creates for our customers and producers a new field, even forms a little and changes it to the European standards,” she said.
Trafimava noted that in accordance with the European standards, “chocolate” can be called only one product that contains at least 35% cocoa products. So, milk chocolate must contain not less than 25% cocoa and not less than 14% of dairy products, and white chocolate – at least 20% cocoa butter and 14% milk products. While chocolates with a filling must contain at least 25% chocolate.
In addition, according to Trofimovoj, according to European standards, manufacturers do not add in the chocolate product flavors that mimic the smell of chocolate or dairy products. This may add some vegetable oil.
However, the Deputy Minister stressed that in this case, manufacturers are obliged to inform consumers about such additives on the packaging of the product.
She noted that the implementation of the European standards will contribute to improving the quality of Ukrainian product. And this, in turn, will lead to an increase in exports of this product in the EU and the formation of a fair and competitive environment as to all market players will apply the same standards.
Trafimava added that the agriculture Ministry plans before the end of next year to introduce about 150 European standards in the field of safety and quality of food.
According to the Ministry, in January-October of the current year Ukrainian exports of chocolate in the EU increased by 35% compared with the year 2016, to $25.3 million