The State Police discovers serious violations in business activities of egg distributor originating in Ukraine

  • 2020-10-13
  • Anna Erliha, Executive director of Latvian Egg and Poultry Producers Association

The Latvian Egg and Poultry Producers Association has received official information that the 1st Division of the 3rd Bureau of the Criminal Police Department of the Riga Regional Police, in co- operation with the Food and Veterinary Service, recently carried out inspections at the premises of SIA Ovostar Europe at Tīnūžu šoseja 17, in Ikšķile, Latvia, and Liepu aleja 4, Rāmava, Ķekava County, Latvia.

According to the State Police, during the above-mentioned inspections, salmonella was detected in the egg products distributed by SIA Ovostar Europe. Non-compliant products were immediately removed and recalled from sales in Latvian stores and other sales outlets.

Also, inconsistencies in connection with self-monitoring documentation and violations in the operational practices of SIA Ovostar Europe were found, which are related to the non-compliance of the accompanying documents certifying the origin of the goods with the requirements of the laws and regulations of the Republic of Latvia. In addition, the State Police inspection revealed that SIA Ovostar Europe has not registered one of its functioning structural units, which raises suspicions about illegal circulation of chicken eggs and egg products originating in Ukraine.

"We are shocked by the extent of the violations that have been established during the State Police inspection. This is a very alarming signal to the Latvian and European food industry, as SIA Ovostar Europe distributes its products not only in Latvia, but also in Lithuania, Estonia, and elsewhere in the European Union. We cannot tolerate a food business operating in a non-transparent and illegal way, as this is the sector that most directly affects human health,” says Anna Ērliha, the executive director of the Association.

The Latvian Egg and Poultry Producers Association will ensure that the detected violations are thoroughly investigated by the competent authorities and take the necessary steps to ensure that eggs and egg products that meet European quality standards are available in the Latvian and Baltic markets.

It should be added that SIA Ovostar Europe is associated with SIA Gallusman, a company established by a Ukrainian investor, which plans to build a new egg production plant in Ogre County.

The aim of the Latvian Egg and Poultry Producers Association is to represent Latvian egg and poultry producers in relations with Latvian state and European Union institutions, as well as in relations with other public and private law entities; to participate in the development and discussion of poultry legislation; to promote good production practices; to introduce Codex Alimentarius into poultry businesses; to facilitate the cooperation of poultry businesses with food business supervisory authorities; and to promote the eradication of zoonoses and other infections in poultry businesses.