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Ukraine Gets Permission to Sell Chicken Meat to EU Next Year

Dec. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Ukraine received permission from the European Union to export eggs, egg products, poultry and game starting next year, according to the European Commission office in country’s capital, Kiev.

The EU “agreed to start export of these products,” said David Stulik, the EU spokesman in Ukraine, by phone from Kiev today. “This is a final stage of a process that started several years ago.”

The EU started inspecting Ukrainian poultry producers in 2009. The former Soviet republic started negotiations on a free trade agreement with the EU in 2008.

“This is a very positive news,” said Anastasiya Sobotyuk, head of investor relations at Mironovskiy Hleboproduct SA, a Ukrainian poultry producer and agriculture company. “As soon as Ukraine will be ready, we will be able to star shipping fast. We can start exporting poultry to the EU starting from the summer.”

Ukraine also will have to provide a program to control salmonella, the state Veterinary and Phyto Sanitary Service said in a statement on its website.

“After this formal confirmation, a couple of procedural steps need to be made,” Stulik said. “When this is complete, exports from Ukraine can start.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Kateryna Choursina in Kiev at kchoursina@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James M. Gomez at jagomez@bloomberg.net

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