Kyiv, 25 January 2011
- Milkiland Group officially announces that it uses only natural raw milk to produce cheese. All Milkiland plants are certified under quality management system (ISO 9001) and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (‘‘HACCP’’) methodology, which are used to ensure the high quality of cheese produced and would not allow the use of vegetable oils.
Thus, declaration of the Russian Federal Service on Customers' Rights Protection and Human Well-Being Surveillance (Rospotrebnadzor) that Milkiland’s cheese contains vegetable oils, does not have any ground.
Unfortunately, Rospotrebnadzor has only announced its findings and did not revealed details of its investigation. Rospotrebnadzor claims that the Group’s cheese contains palmitoleic and linolic acids. However, this fact as such does not lead to a conclusion that the Group uses vegetable oils to produce cheese, since these acids are components of natural milk fat.
Comment by Anatoliy Yurkevich, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Milkiland N.V.:
“Milkiland is a transparent and public company, consumer trust is our core value. We will investigate the reasons why the quality of our products has been questioned. We are also ready for any open, transparent and public testing of our products”.
About Milkiland N.V.
Milkiland is a TOP-5 diversified dairy producer operating in Russia and Ukraine offering a wide range of dairy products such as fresh dairy, cheese, and butter, to satisfy consumers in their everyday needs for healthy and tasty foods.
In Russia, the company produces fresh dairy products at Moscow-based OJSC “Ostankino Milk Combine” and sells under Ostankinskaya brand. Also, Dobryana Ukrainian cheese is sold in many Russian cities, including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Voronezh, Nizhniy Novgorod, Saratov, Kaluga, Chelyabinsk, Orel, Ekaterinburg, Omsk, and Kaliningrad.
In Ukraine, the company controls 10 plants producing wide range of dairy products. Its cheese, fresh dairy products and butter are widely available across all Ukrainian cities under brands Dobryana and Kolyada. Milkiland exports dairy products from Ukraine to over 30 countries.
Milkiland N.V. is a Dutch holding company controlling the Group. DE “Milkiland Ukraine” is its 100% subsidiary controlling the business of the Group in Ukraine. Shares of Milkiland N.V. have been listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange since December, 6, 2010.
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