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.
Food and drinks
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.
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.
On 16 May 2017 the EurAsian Economic Commission Collegiate approved draft Technical Regulation on the Safety of Packaged Drinking Water.
The TR would apply to natural mineral water, including therapeutic mineral water, treated mineral water, drinking water for children and artificially mineralized drinking water.
Starting from 30 March 2017 all organisations and sole traders are required to suspend all retail sale of alcohol-containing non-foods, alcohol-containing food additives and flavourings with the content of ethanol exceeding 28% of the finished product volume, sold at a price that is lower than the retail price of 0,5 litre of vodka or other spirits or liquors with the ethanol content exceeding 28%.
If adopted, the Technical Regulation (TR) would apply to manufacturers and importers of poultry meat and poultry meat products, such as finished and semi-finished products made of poultry meat, poultry meat protein, stock and sausages etc.
The Technical Regulation would also impose requirements for the manufacturing process, storage, transportation, sale and disposal/utilization of poultry meat and poultry meat products.
As of 1 September 2017 manufacturers and importers of fish and fish products have to comply with the safety requirements imposed by the adopted Technical Regulation on the Safety of Fish and Fish Products. There is no transitional period at the moment but the provisions of the TR regulating the content of veterinary preparations in animal aquaculture products are to enter into force at a later stage, when the relevant intra-state standards will be adopted.
Draft law aims to amend food safety requirements in Belarus
Draft law would strengthen the measures aimed at ensuring quality and safety of foodstuffs. It would clarify food labelling requirements as well as consumer information requirements. It would also set out separate requirements for the labelling of biologically active additives and specialized sport food.