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EAEU reached arrangement on introducing dairy products marking

EAEU reached arrangement on introducing dairy products marking

9/14/2020

The Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) has reached fundamental arrangements on introducing the marking of certain dairy products as the Member States express their readiness. A prohibition on unmarked products circulation can be introduced not earlier than the specific timeframe which has been discussed and is now being eventually determined. The envisaged implementation dates are enshrined in the draft resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation that has declared its readiness to introduce the marking.

 

The document undergoing the public discussion provides for introducing the mandatory marking of milk, cream and ice cream with the shelf life exceeding 28 days since January 20, 2021. As regards products with a shorter shelf life as well as condensed milk, butter, cheese, and curd, the marking can be introduced since July 1, 2021. As far as buttermilk, yoghurt, and kefir are concerned, these products can start being mandatorily marked since October 1, 2021.  The final decision on marking introduction stages is expected to be adopted in November.

 

"Expanding the line of marked goods entails further reduction of "grey" and falsified products in the Union's market. This, in turn, will enable better ensuring the safety and protection of rights of the most vulnerable categories of citizens, taking into account social significance of dairy products," stated Andrey Slepnev, Member of the Board – EEC Minister in charge of Trade.

 

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The Agreement on Marking of Goods with Means of Identification in the EAEU entered into force on March 29, 2019. The Agreement is a framework document that defines main rules for introducing the unified marking of the agreed commodity group within the Union. At the same time, the document defines the procedure for introducing the marking: either across the entire Union, or at the national level. This is possible, however, only after the EEC Council has considered a proposal on introducing the marking across the Union and if the Commission's Council has not adopted a unanimous decision on introducing the marking within the EAEU or within two and more Member States, provided that there is an arrangement to introduce it under the unified rules.​