Expert: any possibility of penetration of products with expired shelf lives into Armenia ruled out

Expert: any possibility of penetration of products with expired shelf lives into Armenia ruled out

YEREVAN, February 12. /ARKA/. Vahe Danielyan, chief of the Armenian state food safety agency’s division in charge of monitoring of foods, speaking Wednesday at a news conference, ruled out any possibility of penetration of products with expired shelf lives into Armenia from the outside.     

Commenting on media report about appearance of imported shelved eggs in Armenian shops, he said: «I can say for sure that there are no cases of import of such products in the country. This is ruled out.»

However, Danielyan said that the food safety agency is now monitoring the domestic egg market and has already found some cases of selling shelved eggs. The monitoring has also revealed improper marking on some eggs.  

«But these irregularities were few and very soon things were put right,» he said. 

Explaining confusion over eggs imported from Ukraine, he said that these eggs were marked in accordance with Ukrainian shelf life norms (65 days), while in Armenia the egg shelf life exceeding 25 days is prohibited.  

«Therefore, it became necessary to mark these eggs again, in accordance with our norms, since they were fresh when imported, and during our monitoring we have found no cases of selling these eggs with expired shelf life,» Danielyan said. 

Some 615, 200,000 eggs were produced in Armenia in 2013 – 6.5% decline, compared with 2012. Armenia imported 17.718,00 eggs from Ukraine, Turkey, Iran, Bulgaria, Georgia and Belarus in the end of 2013 because of this decline. -0----

17:01 12.02.2014

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