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Cottage Cheese, Milk and all Products of Animal Origin to be Sold in Stores and Markets without any Problems

Products of animal origin manufactured in house conditions will be sold at markets and stores since January 1, 2015.

“Commersant”  was told at the National Food Agency that small farmers would be able to sell  their own products in stores and markets until 2020, however from January 2015 work of slaughters  and dairy processing enterprises will be prohibited if  HAZARD ANALYSIS AND CRITICAL CONTROL POINT (HACCP) SYSTEM  is not introduced.

The National Food Agency explains that preparations for HACCP system began in  2012 and its introduction requires considerable funds. According to them, the amount depends on the type of enterprise, productivity and so on.

President of the Georgian Farmers Association Nino Zambakhidze says that the introduction of HACCP system  will hurt companies financially. In her words,  it was likely to cost  15 000 Euro, which will hike products cost.

However, Zambakhidze notes  that the introduction of this system will be good in terms of the competitiveness of companies.

From 1 January 2015 under the food safety legislation, a new concept recognized as safe will be introduced. All business operators, which produce or process foodstuffs of animal origin, should be approved  by the National Food Agency.

HAZARD ANALYSIS AND CRITICAL CONTROL POINT (HACCP) SYSTEM  is one of the core components for the recognition of products. This is an internal control system introduced by business operator who is in future responsible for the operation of the system.