Food and drinks

Russia: Adopted Law on Organic Food

As of 1 January 2020 food manufacturers are to be able to market their products as “organic” only if these products comply with the adopted law on organic food.

The adopted Law defines “organic products” as environmentally clean agricultural products, raw materials and food the production process of which complies with the Law on Organic Food.

Russia: Prohibition of sale of certain alcohol containing products has been renewed

As of 20 April 2018, retail sellers of ethanol-containing products are to be subject to the renewed restriction (prohibition) of sale of ethanol-containing non-foods, food additives and food flavourings. This prohibition applies to products where the content of ethanol exceeding 28% and which are sold at a price that is below the retail price (for 0.5l) of alcoholic drinks with the content of alcohol exceeding 28%.

EAEU: Consumers will be informed on the plant fat content in dairy products

The EurAsian Commission Collegiate has set the transitional period for the amendments to the Technical Regulation on the Safety of Milk and Dairy Products. These amendments were adopted on 10 November 2017 and enter into force on 16 July 2018.

The amendments to the Technical Regulation on milk and dairy products clarified and supplemented milk and dairy product classification.

Uzbekistan: Adopted Technical Regulation on the Safety of Meat

On 23 January 2018 Technical Regulation on the Safety of Meat was published. The TR starts to apply 18 months after the date of its publication. The TR applies to meat and meat products in general.

The TR provisions does not apply to the following meat and meat products:

EAEU: Clarified how GMO-containing food is to be labelled

Starting from 26 December 2018 manufacturers and importers of food produced with the use of GMOs must mark such products with a special sign saying “GMO” next to the common EAEU mark of conformity (EAC mark). The GMO sign must have the same form and size as the EAC mark.

EAEU: Phenylacetone must no longer be used in food production

Phenylacetone (CAS 103-79-7) must no longer be used during the production of food flavourings.

The decision of the EAEU Economic Commission Collegiate No. 1 of 16 January 2018 was adopted to this effect. The Decision is to enter into force from the date the relevant amendment to the Technical Regulation on the Safety of Food Additives, Flavourings and Supplemental Technical Devices enters into force.

Russia: Content of trans isomers in food must not exceed 2% of the total fat content

As of 1 January 2018, manufacturers and importers of solid, soft and liquid margarines, milk fat substitutes and special fats must not exceed 2% from the total fat content. This requirement comes from the EAEU Technical Regulation on Milk and Fat Products, TR TS 024/2011. All products manufactured before 1 January 2018 and containing over 2% of trans isomers may remain on the market until their normal expiry dates.

Russia: Draft law to regulate organic food production

If adopted, the draft law would set out regulatory framework and main requirements applicable to organic food manufacturers.

In particular, it would require that such manufacturers producing organic food restrict the use of pesticides, agrochemicals, antibiotics, growth stimulators and hormonal preparations in raw materials and production process.