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EU food safety boost for Ukraine

An analysis of food production chains in Ukraine supports the country's efforts in improving food safety and harmonising its regulations with the EU. This will facilitate exports to the bloc and strengthen the country's economy.
EU food safety boost for Ukraine
The EU's stringent laws and regulations on food safety can benefit non-EU countries that neighbour Europe and help harmonise standards in the field. The EU-funded MICRORISK (Research cooperation in assessment of microbiological hazard and risk in the food chain) project brought expertise from France and Poland to Ukraine in order to contribute to this aim.

Project members enlightened the relevant authorities in Ukraine about EU food laws with the aim of implementing these in the country, while learning about Ukraine's food laws as well. More specifically, the team analysed Ukraine's food laws related to the food production chain and examined ways of integrating current EU food laws into the country's microbiological food control. It found that Ukraine's laws generally comply with EU microbiological criteria for foodstuffs, including partial compliance with respect to microbiological parameters such as total plate count, coliforms and Staphylococcus aureus.

MICRORISK then analysed how Ukraine examines hazard agents in the food production chain and sought to implement equivalent EU methods into its microbiological food control chain. It found that Ukrainian partners regularly employ EU laboratory methods used for microbiological hazard control. However, it recommended refinements and EU methods to efficiently detect Vibrio parahaemolyticus, Clostridium botulinum and botulinum toxins, as well as Escherichia coli and staphylococcal enterotoxin.

In addition, the EU team cross-compared EU and Ukrainian data on distribution of key food-borne pathogens (e.g. salmonella, campylobacter, clostridium) that emerge at different stages of food production. While the analysis revealed that poultry in the EU was the most important source of campylobacter, there was not enough information to identify the leading source of the pathogen in Ukraine.

The MICRORISK team introduced principles and practical aspects of risk assessment in food chain in Ukraine, encouraging harmonisation, bringing benefits to consumers and setting the stage for better ties in food trade. Stakeholders in health, food production and food trade in Ukraine could find valuable insight from the results of this project.

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Food safety, MICRORISK, microbiological hazard, food chain, pathogens
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