We will remind the system Mercury» has been valid since July 1, 2018. The delay in mandatory registration of electronic veterinary accompanying documents through "Mercury" was one year and it was mainly intended for the dairy industry.
Since July 1, EVC applies to finished dairy products, with a temporary exception for:
drinking milk (pasteurized, ultra-pasteurized, sterilized, ultra-high-temperature processed milk, manufactured industrially and packaged in consumer packaging);
fermented dairy products produced from heat-treated milk manufactured industrially and packaged in consumer packaging of;
EVC will become mandatory for these positions since November 1, 2019.
WHAT DOES THE ROSSELKHOZNADZOR TELL?
The Rosselkhoznadzor emphasizes that the spreading of electronic veterinary certification for finished products is dictated by the need to create a system for tracking the entire list of livestock products on the principle of "from field to counter" in Russia.
According to approximate estimates of specialists of the Department, Russia annually produces about 5.5 million tons of processed drinking milk, 3.5 million tons of fermented dairy products and 400 thousand tons of ice cream. Dairy products are also among the top ten commodity items exported abroad.
At the same time, the dairy sector accounts for a significant share of falsification, say in the Department. According to the Rosselkhoznadzor, 21.6% of the total amount of dairy products studied in 2018 was falsified.
By the way, the Rosselkhoznadzor did not record any failures in the operation of the “Mercury” system (electronic veterinary certification) related the introduction of finished dairy products into it since July 1. "There is, of course, a surge in registration of veterinary certificates, but we do not register any failures in the system", - said press Secretary of the Rosselkhoznadzor Yulia Melano to "Interfax".
According to her, the system works normally. "We are sure that in the near future there will be no failures", she said.
WHAT DO THE DAIRY PLANTS TELL?
Sergey Glushkov, Vice-President on corporate relations, PepsiCo Eastern Europe
Since July 1, the EVC includes a limited range of dairy products. For our company it is only 2.5% of the volume. Significant problems are expected since November 1, when the system will cover the rest of the range, especially perishable products. Technical and regulatory issues that have been discussed over the past two years remain open. They are related to the operation of the system, incorrect answers to requests and problems of registration of complex transport routes using several vehicles, and they account for up to 40% of shipments in large cities. There are also issues related to the lack of the necessary business fields and functionality in the system. The unpreparedness of a significant part of the market participants can lead to a significant load on the system in July, reduce its performance with an unpredictable result, since the regulator did not carry out preparatory activities, including load testing. This can have a negative impact on all market participants, regardless of the level of readiness.
Igor Stolyarov, "Magnitogorsky dairy plant" Branch of OJSC "CHDP"
Our company has been working with EVC for a long time. In principle, the work is adjusted and there are no problems. In our opinion, the consumer will not notice the introduction of electronic veterinary certification and this will not affect the cost of the finished product.
Representative of the dairy plant (Tomsk region)
We have already started working with EVC, but, unfortunately, the system gives errors of various kinds. The solution of these issues should come from the holders of the system. We sent them a request with a list of questions and errors. To date, no response has been received.
At present, the introduction of EVC will not affect the cost of finished products, as it does not require large operating costs. But in the future, I think, it will affect. Because document flow and logistics are becoming more complicated. I. e. much more warehouse space is required and it requires a completely different work of the expedition service.
I believe that the problem of "tracing the origin of the product in reverse order from the store shelf to the farm" is hardly solvable. In particular, with the help of the “Mercury” system. As in large enterprises there is always a stage when the milk is depersonalized. At the stage of receiving and/or at the stage of hardware processing of raw materials, a large amount of milk from various farms is poured into one stream, and the milk becomes, in fact, impersonal. Therefore, the task to trace the goods from the shelf to the raw material will not be performed. At least "Mercury" will not give such an opportunity. But this is the second task. And the first task is falsification. I hope that with the help of “Mercury” it will be solved. Because at least the amount of milk taken for production should correspond to the volume of output. And the “Mercury” system can solve this problem. But another question is how the regulatory authorities will react to these differences.
Will anything change in the “Mercury”?
So far, according to the majority of the surveyed market participants, only the load on employees of enterprises caused by technical failures has increased. Will it help with the falsification? Time will tell for sure and very soon.