Food and drinks

Russia: Suspension of retail sales of ethanol-containing products extended for another 180 days

As of 20 October 2017, all organisations and sole traders are prohibited to retail any ethanol-containing nonfoods as well as ethanol-containing food additives and flavourings for another 180 days. It is prohibited to retail any ethanol-containing products with the ethanol content exceeding 28% if such products are sold at a price (per 0,5l) that is lower than the price set for alcoholic drinks with the ethanol content above 28% by Order No. 58n of 11 May 2016.

EAEU: “Traffic lights” for food packaging

The heads of designated food safety authorities of the EAEU member states have met as a Council and discussed the possibility to introduce colour-coded food labelling.

Currently, the main instrument regulating food labelling is Technical Regulation on Food Labelling. It sets out requirements to indicate product name, its composition, storage conditions, shelf-life and other information that enables the consumer to make an informed choice.

EAEU: Adopted Technical Regulation on the safety of packaged drinking water

As of 1 January 2019 producers and importers of drinking water in packaging (including natural mineral water) are required to comply with the provisions of the adopted Technical Regulation on the Safety of Packaged Drinking Water, Including Natural Mineral Water, TR EAEU 044/2017 (the “TR”).

Russia: Low-alcohol drinks containing tonics are prohibited from 2018

Starting from 1 January 2018 Russia prohibits production and sale of low-alcohol drinks containing tonics, except when they are intended for export outside Russia. The prohibition applies to drinks with alcohol content not exceeding 15% and containing certain types of tonics. The list of such tonics is to be adopted separately by the Russian Government.

Uzbekistan: Adopted food safety, packaging and labelling technical regulations

Uzbekistan has adopted and published a number of food related technical regulations (TRs).

Technical Regulation on the Safety of Milk and Dairy Products. The TR applies to all milk and dairy products released on the market of Uzbekistan. The TR was adopted by Decree No. 474 of 7 July 2017 and enters into force in 18 months from the date of its official publication.

EAEU: Regulation on Fish Products enters into force

As of 1 September 2017, manufacturers and importers of fish and fish products (e.g. raw fish, caviar, etc.) will be required to comply with the provisions imposed by the Technical Regulation on the Safety of Fish and Fish Products (TR EAEU 040/2016).

Ukraine: Increasing penalties for breaches of food and feedstuffs safety legislation

As of 4 April 2018 food and feedstuffs manufacturers and suppliers (including importers) are required to comply with the adopted law on enforcement of safety legislation applicable to these products.

The adopted law regulates state supervision measures that are to be taken in a form of audits, inspections, sample taking, laboratory tests and analysis, visual inspection and documentary inspection.