Ukrainians do not eat enough pork

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According to the medical recommendations, the healthy pork consumption rate is about 30 kg per year. Instead, Ukrainians eat half as much, reports the Association of Ukrainian Pig Breeders.

According to the Adults Healthy Nutrition Recommendations of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine (dated December 8, 2017, based on the World Cancer Research Fund’s Cancer Prevention Recommendations), pork qualifies as «unhealthy» meat and loses to chicken meat.

«Meat is a delicious food product with a balanced composition of essential amino acids. At the same time, it is advisable to limit the consumption of pork, beef and lamb to less than 500 g per week, while also consuming as little processed meat products as possible (sausages, pâtés, pre-made products, etc.). Poultry meat, not inferior in nutritional value to any other types of meat, does not cause an increased risk of intestinal cancer with regular consumption. Therefore, such meat is a healthier choice if a person consumes meat dishes», the document states.

According to the recommendations, 500 g of cooked meat is 700−750 g of raw meat per week. This means 39 kg of red meat per year (multiply by 52 weeks). Beef consumption in Ukraine makes up to about 1/3 of pork consumption. Therefore, 30 kg of that amount is a pork niche.

Nowadays Ukrainians consume about 15 kg of pork per year. Another additional 35% (about 5.5 kg) stands for meat/sausage, lard, liver and offal products adding up to 20−21 kg of meat in total.

For Ukrainians to consume 30 kg of pork and 10.5 kg of products made of pork (based on the average share of pork meat products in the consumption structure), the national pig herd should reach more than 12 million heads to ensure domestic needs (excluding animals for import and export operations).


Association of Ukrainian Pig Breeders — is a non-profit voluntary organization. Established in July 14-th, 2011. At present, AUPB unites 41 farms, supplying over 50% of commercial pork in Ukraine. The main objective of the Association is to protect rights and interests of pig producers, achieve international standards of production due to implementation of modern technologies.

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