EU moves to restrict Ukrainian sunflower oil imports

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Mayo 27, 2008
The European Commission has set tough import standards for Ukrainian sunflower oil following the recent discovery that some products were contaminated.
On 16 May, following further investigations, Brussels recommended that all imports of sunflower oil from Ukraine should be stopped until assurances came from Kiev that tighter controls had been put in place.

These guarantees have now been received from the Ukrainian authorities, which have pledged to ensure that all sunflower oil destined for the EU will be tested for mineral oils.

The sampling procedures will be verified by Brussels to ensure that they meet EU standards, and all oil imports will be checked again by member states once they arrive in Europe, according to a statement issued on behalf of EU health commissioner, Androulla Vassiliou.

These restrictions will remain in place for up to a year, the commission said.