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Roshen banned in Belarus, $200 million loss on the horizon

Staff writer ▼ | August 6, 2013
Belarus has decided to ban the Ukrainian confectionary firm Roshen from entering its market after the toxic hydrocarbon benzopyrene was found in Roshen milk chocolate. That could cost Roshen $200 million.
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RoshenBelarus has decided to ban the Ukrainian confectionary firm Roshen from entering its market after the toxic hydrocarbon benzopyrene was found in Roshen milk chocolate. That could cost Roshen $200 million.


Belarus will not allow confectionery manufactured by Roshen to cross its territory, the Belarusian Ministry of Health said in a statement. The move came after the Russian sanitary services banned the confectioners products after the toxic hydrocarbon benzopyrene was found in Roshen milk chocolate.

While Roshen products are still being tested by the country's sanitary controls department, "the Belarusian Ministry of Health has taken measures to prevent export of Roshen confectionery to Russia via border checkpoints at the Belarusian section of the Customs Union customs border," the statement says.

"In case the Ukrainian-made confectionery is found to violate safety requirements, exhaustive measures will be taken in line with the current laws of Belarus and the Customs Union," the ministry said.

Kazakhstan, the third party to the Customs Union with Russia and Belarus, has not found any signs of benzopyrene in Roshen products, according to Zhandarbek Bekshin, the chairman of the Committee for State Sanitary and Epidemiological Supervision at the Health Ministry. The committe has investigated seven Roshen products, with tests still being conducted in Astana and Almaty. Roshen has about 20% of the country's confectionary market.


 

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