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Regulations on Labeling Milk Substitute Products

Regulations on Labeling Milk Substitute Products

Strict rules are being introduced in Georgia meaning local producers can no longer label their dairy products with misleading claims such as “with fats similar to cottage cheese” or ” with fats similar to sour cream” and so on.

Thus, the technical regulations are enacted by the Georgian National Food Agency. It is forbidden labeling products that contain vegetable fats using similar terms.

The regulation came into force on August 1, 2015. Meanwhile producers were only allowed to use this type of labeling for a year. From August 2016 producers will be banned from mentioning “milk” or “sour cream” on their products if it contained anything else other than dairy products.

In accordance with the regulation, in 2016 it was carried out document checking process of 1770 business operators. As a result, due to violation of labeling regulation 11 business operators got fined.

Specifically, food labels on products such as milk, sour cream, yogurt, cottage cheese, butter and other must be clearly labeled if any extra additives were added.

Previously labeling rules were not regulated in Georgia, which meant that dairy food and products with vegetable fats were labeled similarly.