Fortification of foods (Ukraine)

For Ukraine, the topic of fortification is quite new and does not yet have systematic support at the state level. There is no mandatory food fortification in Ukraine. However, Ukraine, like 159 other countries, has adopted the World Declaration and Programme of Action on Nutrition, committing itself to eliminating chronic deficiencies in the diet of essential vitamins, minerals and other essential compounds. At the same time, a significant number of food companies have already started producing micronutrient-enriched products: bread, bakery and flour confec-tionery products with added vitamins B, A, E, calcium, iron, iodine, selenium; milk and dairy products with multivita-min complexes, lactic acid and lactobacilli; low-calorie oil and fat products with functional ingredients; and soft drinks with medicinal plant extracts. On the basis of the Association Agreement between Ukraine, on the one hand, and the European Union, the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, on the other hand, ratified by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on 16 September 2014, Ukraine is constantly approximating its national legislation to the European one. Currently, Ukraine has adopted a number of laws and regulations that: • regulate the principles and requirements for food safety and quality, • regulate consumer protection, • establish rules for adding vitamins, minerals and some other substances to food products, • approve the norms of physiological needs of the population for basic food substances and energy, and • approve methodological recommendations for general practitioners - family doctors on advising pa-tients on the basic principles of healthy eating. A draft Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on the Procedure for Food Fortification is currently under public discussion. It stipulates that food fortification may become mandatory for all manufacturers.  

This is general information rather than legal advice and is current as of 30 May 2024. We recommend you contact a specialised food lawyer for legal advice for your particular circumstances to support commercial decisions which could impact your product or business.

Lana Sinichkina

Arzinger Law Firm