No radionuclides in Belarusian milk – Russia’s agricultiral watchdog denies media reports

The Russian side has not found any exceedance of the permissible level of radionuclides in milk which the Belarusian company Milkavita supplies to Russia, Alexei Alexeyenko, a representative of Rosselkhoznadzor, Russia’s Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, told RIA Novosti.

“As far as I know, we have not detected any [Belarusian] products showing exceedance,” Alexeyenko, an aide of Rosselkhoznadzor head, said.

The case of Milkavita have captured the headlines in Belarus and Russia after the Associated Press reporters passed on a bottled sample of milk from a dairy farm of Belarusian Nikolai Chubenok to a laboratory, which confirmed it contained levels of a radioactive isotope at levels 10 times higher than the nation’s food safety limits. Mr Chubenok claimed his herd of 50 dairy cows produces up to two tons of milk a day for the local factory of Milkavita.

In turn, Vital Nikulin,  Milkavita chief engineer, told the Russian news agency that their milk would never stand any chance to get to Russia in case of exceedance of the permissible level of radionuclides.