Dairy products from the EAEU countries will be allowed to enter Russia under the new rules

Источник: rg.ru
The member states of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) now have the right to determine the date of introduction and the procedure for labeling dairy products on their territory. The decision of the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) on this came into force on May 6, 2021.

In Russia, the labeling of dairy products began on January 20, 2021. So far, it is held on a voluntary basis. But it will be mandatory since June 1 for cheeses and ice cream, since September 1 for dairy products with an expiration date of more than 40 days, and since December 1 for products with an expiration date of 40 days or less. The mandatory piece-by-piece traceability of each unit of products will begin only from December 1, 2023.

In the EAEU, the agreement on labeling of goods by means of identification entered into force on March 29, 2019. As in Russia, almost all dairy products are subject to labeling: milk, cream, cottage cheese, cheese, yogurt, kefir, buttermilk, butter, milk pastes, ice cream, etc.

However, according to Marina Petrova, Deputy Chairman of the Committee of the Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the Development of Entrepreneurship in the Agro-industrial complex, other countries of the Union were not ready to introduce labeling at the same time as Russia. Therefore, it was decided to provide the right to our partners in the EAEU to determine when they will enter the labeling system.

In this situation, Russian dairy producers find themselves in unequal conditions with their counterparts from the EAEU countries, the expert believes. ‘Russian manufacturers will be obliged to comply with the requirements for digital labeling, and our partner countries, which have the possibility of duty-free trade, not,’ explains Petrova.

It turns out that from the EAEU countries it will be possible to supply products to Russia without labeling (and, accordingly, without confirming the quality of products) and at the same prices. Russian manufacturers will have to spend money on the introduction of labeling and use it to prove the quality of their products. At the same time, inevitably, the cost of labeling will be included in the final price of the product. Marina Petrova reminds that over the past year, our producers have increased the cost of processing dairy products by 18-20%, but they cannot translate this increase into retail due to not fully recovered demand.

Labeling allows you to track the "life cycle" of the product, from production site to its sale in the store. Each product is assigned a unique code (DataMatrix, two-dimensional matrix barcode), which is applied to the packaging or product label and contains accurate information about the product: name, manufacturer, date, time and place of release. The system records the transfer of goods along the entire logistics chain, including checking the code in the store when placing the product on the shelf. This should eliminate the possibility of throwing-in a falsified product.

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