As of 4 February 2021, food manufacturers and importers that the concentration levels of certain contaminating substances in food do not exceed the revised limits.
The revised limits were adopted by Order № 1238 of 22 May 2020 on Amendments to the State Hygienic Rules and Norms "Regulation on Maximum Levels of Certain Contaminants in Food Products". This Order amends the Ministry of Health Order № 368 of 13 May 2013 on the Approval of State Hygienic Rules and Norms.
The revised Norms set out the maximum concentration levels for nitrates (mg/kg) for a number of products, such as fresh spinach, rucola, tomatoes, cucumbers, etc.
The Norms also set out the maximum concentration of mycotoxins (e.g. aflatoxins), heavy metals (e.g. lead, cadmium, arsenic), PCBs, dioxins, furans, PAHs, melamine, natural plant-derived toxins (e.g. atropine) and perchlorates.
It is prohibited to place on the market of Ukraine any food that does not comply with the Norms establishing the maximum concentration levels of contaminating substances.
Law: Order № 1238 of 22 May 2020 on Amendments to the State Hygienic Rules and Norms "Regulation on Maximum Levels of Certain Contaminants in Food Products"