"Now we are negotiating with a wide range of dairy producers regarding their participation in the experiment. It is important that the pilot project is joined by different categories of producers: large, as well as small and medium-sized enterprises. The list of all participants of the pilot project will be formed in August", said Alkhazov during the demonstration of the new product line of “Galaktika” with a digital marking code, which was developed in cooperation with the CATD.
The Center for the advanced technologies development intends to prepare a report on the results of the experiment by the end of February 2020, and the mandatory labeling of dairy products will begin in Russia in March 2020.
In July, the Russian government added dairy products to the list of goods subject to mandatory labeling. According to the decree of the government, milk and cream, milk and cream powder, fermented dairy products (kefir, yogurt, etc.), whey, butter, cheese, cottage cheese and other products are planned for labeling.
During the production process, each package will be automatically assigned a unique number. The consumer using the application "Chestny znak (Honest mark)" will be able to scan the digital two-dimensional code Data Matrix on the packaging with the mobile phone camera and get full information about the product.
Since July 1, part of dairy products (butter, cheese) entered the electronic veterinary certification system "Mercury", and since November 1 it should include the remaining dairy products, said the Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor for St. Petersburg, Leningrad and Pskov regions Sergey Karmazin. "The forecasts of skeptics that the system will lead to interruptions in the supply of products were groundless. The system allows the Rosselkhoznadzor to take prompt measures to remove products manufactured with violations from sale".