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Belarus May Ban Import of Ukrainian Corn, Oils, Ministry Says

March 03, 2012

Belarus may ban imports of Ukrainian sunflower oil, corn and confectionary after the country imposed controls over antibiotics in its food, Ukraine’s Agriculture Ministry said.

Ukraine decided from March 1 to temporarily ban imports of meat and dairy products from Belarus after cases of antibiotics exceeding authorized limits were found in October and “became massive” in February, Ivan Bisyuk, head of the state veterinary and phytosanitary service, said in a statement e-mailed by the ministry’s press service today.

Belarus officials said yesterday at a meeting in Kiev that if import restrictions aren’t removed by Ukraine by 3 p.m. on March 5, Belarus will ban shipments of Ukrainian sunflower oil, corn, salt, confectionary and oilseed meal, according to the statement.

To contact the reporters on this story: Daryna Krasnolutska in Kiev at; Kateryna Choursina in Kiev at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Claudia Carpenter at Balazs Penz at;

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