European quality requirements of cocoa and chocolate, which come into force on 1 January 2018, provide for a transition to mandatory compliance of the products with GOST, reported Deputy Minister of agrarian policy and food of Ukraine on European integration Olga Trofimova.

“Today, the GOST in Ukraine is voluntary, in fact, manufacturers are not required by 100% to meet these standards. The implementation of the Directive on chocolate, thanks to the order of Ministry of agrarian policy, makes these requirements all manufacturers must,” she said at a press conference in Kyiv on Tuesday.

According to him, manufacturers, formulations which were approved prior to July 1, 2019 will operate a transition period .

In addition, in accordance with the Directive 2000/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of the EU, “chocolate” can be called only one product that contains at least 35% cocoa in milk chocolate must be at least 25% cocoa and not less than 14% of dairy products, in white and at least 20% cocoa butter and not less than 14% of dairy products. Chocolate candy with filling – not less than 25% chocolate.

According to the European requirements, cocoa can be called a product in which the mass fraction of cocoa butter is at least 20%.

In addition, it prohibits the addition of flavours in these products.

To ensure adequate consumer awareness these requirements apply to the labelling of cocoa and chocolate.

The Ministry of agrarian policy reported that in 10 months the exports of chocolate in the EU increased by 35%.

“We have delivered more than 10 thousand tons, more than $23 million Think it’s not bad, considering that in the European market chocolate is quite a hyped product and the market is busy big players,” said O Trafimava.

It is expected that the implementation of these requirements will contribute to improving the quality of products with cocoa and chocolate in the Ukrainian market, simplification of exports to the EU, as it will act same product requirements of the Yak in Ukraine and in the EU.

“This is one of those steps that eliminates discrimination of the Ukrainian consumer. We go to what is now will not produce the same quality for export and another for domestic consumption. Thus, we protect our consumers, raise the standard potential and the competitiveness of our producers,” – said Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic integration Ivanna klympush-Tsintsadze.