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EU Commissioner for Food Safety on visit to Ukraine

Andriukaitis will meet with the agriculture minister and the head of the State Service for Food Safety and Consumer Protection.

European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis arrived on 25 November in Ukraine on an official visit, the SSFSCP reported.

Andriukaitis is slated to meet with the Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food Taras Kutovyy and the chairman of the State Service for Food Safety and Consumer Protection Volodymyr Lapa.

"During the meeting, the parties will discuss reforms in the framework of the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, the state of the implementation of a comprehensive strategy for the agricultural sector in Ukraine, mutual cooperation in the field of veterinary and phytosanitary sectors, the current epizootic situation, in particular the African swine fever etc.," the release says.

It is expected that Andriukaitis will get familiarize himself with the work of the State Scientific Research Institute for Laboratory Diagnostics and Veterinary and Sanitary Examination, which is an officially recognized by the EU referent laboratory.

The State Service for Food Safety and Consumer Protection was established in autumn 2014 on the basis of the State Inspectorate for Consumer Protection and the State Sanitary and Epidemiological Service.

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