New labeling rules for milk could be adopted as early as May
You can read the full version of the document at the link.
It is expected that the document will enter into force on September 1, 2021, and the public discussion will last until May 6.
A number of changes to the labeling rules are important. In case of their acceptance, participants in the turnover of dairy products that enter into circulation, and (or) its turnover, and (or) withdrawal from circulation in remote or hard-to-reach areas, carry out their registration in the monitoring information system within 30 calendar days since the date of the need for this action. Previously, this period was 7 days.
The permission for agricultural cooperatives to apply labeling only since December 1, 2022 has been supplemented. Previously, this only applied to peasant farm holdings.
Also, if the rules are adopted, it will be possible to apply the labeling code on the package cover. In particular, it is stated: ‘The identification tool can be applied to structurally separable parts of consumer packaging without damage, while ensuring the possibility of comparing the information about the product contained in the information monitoring system through identification, and the information indicated on the label applied to consumer packaging in accordance with the technical regulations of the Customs Union "Food products in terms of its labeling" (TR CU 022/2011), approved by the decision of the Customs Union Commission of December 9, 2011 No. 881.
The document is supplemented with the rules of labeling in the case of sales of products through a vending machine and contract production.
In particular, in the case of vending, enterprises, when shipping dairy products from a storage warehouse before the actual placement of dairy products in the vending machine, must send the TIN and identification codes that are withdrawn from circulation to the information system, indicate the reason for the withdrawal of dairy products from circulation (sale of dairy products through a vending machine) and the cost.
According to the new rules, participants in the turnover of dairy products are responsible for the accuracy of information submitted to the monitoring information system on the withdrawal of dairy products from circulation using cash registers in accordance with these Rules. At the same time, participants in the turnover of dairy products who carry out the withdrawal of dairy products from circulation using cash registers are responsible for the accuracy of the information submitted to the monitoring information system: since June 1, 2022 when withdrawing from circulation: cheeses with a shelf life of more than 60 days; butter and other fats and oils made from milk, milk pastes with a shelf life of more than 40 days; milk and cream with a shelf life of more than 180 days; since September 13, 2022 when withdrawing from circulation: ice cream and other types of food ice that do not contain or contain cocoa with a shelf life of more than 180 days; milk and cream, condensed or with the addition of sugar or other sweetening substances with a shelf life of more than 240 days; milk and cream powder, freeze-dried with a shelf life of more than 240 days.