EurAsian Economic Commission Collegiate adopted a Decision that lists products subject to the Technical Regulation on the Safety of Packaged Drinking Water, Including Natural Mineral Water (TR EAEU 044/2017). The Technical Regulation (TR) enters into force on 1 January 2019.
Food and drinks
The Decision adopted by the EurAsian Economic Commission Collegiate sets that for 18 months from the date the GMO labelling requirement enters into force, products manufactured with the use of GMO but not complying with GMO labelling requirements may be manufactured and placed on the market.
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%.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.