The government approved the mandatory labeling of dairy products. The order drawn up by the Ministry of Industry and Trade introducing amendments to the list of goods with mandatory labeling was signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on July 13, 2019.
The list of labeling products is expanding due to dairy products, for which the period for transition of labeling to the mandatory status has not yet been specified. Currently, an experimental pilot project for labeling dairy products is underway, which will last until 02/29/2020. The results of the experiment create the possibility of introducing an already worked out scheme for working with marking, therefore, it is advisable to take part in the pilot now (the project itself began on 15.07.2019).
In addition, from 01.11.2019, finished dairy products will be monitored by the Mercury control system (veterinary certification in electronic format). Currently, the system has taken control of the import of raw milk to processing plants, which earlier spoke negatively about the introduction of “Mercury”. In particular, Danone and PepsiCo, which are one of the largest milk processing companies, were dissatisfied with the introduction of the veterinary certification control system. On the part of the companies-opponents of “Mercury” in the spring of last year, a request was made to transfer ready-made milk to labeling instead of veterinary certification of raw milk.
On the part of the CRPT labeling operator, proposals were made to combine Mercury and labeling, and it would look something like this: the Mercury system would take control of milk to the factory, and the labeling system would control the manufactured products up to the buyer. Such a combination does not incur additional costs, and double control over products can guarantee the quality and safety of products for consumers.
Rosselkhoznadzor, which is the operator of the Mercury veterinary certification system, has not yet made any statements regarding the mandatory labeling of milk and the possible integration of control systems. But according to the representative of the department Julia Melano, marking of finished dairy products will not affect the operation of the Mercury system.
It remains only to wait for further decisions from the CRPT and Rosselkhoznadzor, perhaps the dairy market is still waiting for the unification of control systems.
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