BISHKEK -- Kyrgyz food quality experts say Ukrainian chocolate that has been banned in Russia is safe for consumption.
Kyrgyzstan's health inspector, General Tole Isakov, told RFE/RL on August 14 that no dangerous substances were found in products from Ukraine's Roshen Confectionery Corporation.
Russia's consumer rights monitor, Rospotrebnadzor, banned the import of Roshen products on July 29, saying benzopyrene, a carcinogenic substance that can accumulate in the human body, had been found in the company's milk chocolate.
Authorities in Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova, and Tajikistan started testing Roshen products earlier this month.
Moldovan and Tajik officials also announced that no benzopyrene was found in the Ukrainian chocolate.
Roshen exports its products to former Soviet republics, as well as to Canada, Germany, Israel, and the United States.