Russia and Ukraine Battle Over Oily Cheese
No love is lost between Russia and Ukraine, its former satellite state. But conflict is now brewing over an unexpected fight: import and regulatory issues surrounding Ukrainian cheese sold in Russian stores. The Moscow News has the story:
Russian-Ukrainian relations face a new hurdle as Russia’s chief sanitary doctor Gennady Onishchenko said Ukrainian cheeses aren’t cheesy enough by Russia’s standards.
Local consumers need to be aware that they are buying a “cheese product,” and not actual cheese, given the amount of palm oil “used without control” by many Ukrainian cheese factories, Onishchenko told Interfax on Thursday.
A special probe has been launched by Russia’s sanitary watchdog Rospotrebnadzor as a part of a larger investigation, the agency reported.
Imported cheeses occupy nearly one-half of the Russian market, the Institute for the Agricultural Market Environment wrote in a research report in May 2011.
And Ukraine exports tens of thousands of tons to Russia. “Only in the past 10 months the approximate volume of [cheese] imports was 55,500 tons,” Onishchenko told Interfax on Thursday.