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Russia’s Health Watchdog Rospotrebnadzor: Georgian Winemakers Regularly Violate Technology

Georgian competent authorities, as well as producers of wine, do not pay enough attention to the control of production, Rospotrebnadzor told RIA Novosti.

Georgian winemakers systematically violate technology and supervisory bodies of the country don’t enough control over manufactured products, Rospotrebnadzor reports. The  Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing   carries out monitoring of the quality and safety of alcoholic products entering the Russian territory from Georgia.

“Analysis of the quality and safety of supplied products testifies  systematic violations of production technology and insufficient control of production, both from producers and from the authorized bodies of the Georgian government,” say in  the press service of Rospotrebnadzor.

According to the Service, in 2015 wine products  came from 45 manufacturers of Georgia totaling more than 6.7 million liters, of which  10 parties of  alcoholic beverages (cognac Old Kakheti, Kolkhida – manufacturer Kvareli Cellar Ltd,  table dry red wine Saperavi – the manufacturer Ltd. AGORA) did not meet the requirements of regulatory documents. In Rospotrebnadzor stressed that all batches of  products that did not comply with safety and quality,were not allowed in the territory of the Russian Federation.

“Control over the quality and safety of alcoholic products entering the territory of the Russian Federation continues,”  add in the Department. Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation  has already started to prepare proposals for the introduction of the food embargo against countries that joined the EU sanctions against Russia, RIA Novosti  was told at the press service of the Ministry.

“Currently, proposals are being developed  in the Russian government in relation to the seven countries and  a draft resolution has already  being worked out”, the press-service says. According to the source, the exact date when the document is ready is unknown. Earlier Tuesday, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that the Russian government might  appeal to President Vladimir Putin to extend the list of countries that fall under the food embargo.

Earlier, Montenegro, Albania, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Ukraine have joined the extended EU economic sanctions against the Russian Federation. The Ministry of Agriculture reports  that the introduction of counter-measures is being worked out in relation to Georgia. “The list of countries to be confirmed,” says the representative of the Ministry.