Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia responds to Rospotrebnadzor statement, in which a quality control mechanisms for exported wines to the Russian Federation was negatively evaluated.
According to the Ministry, the relevant department of the Ministry of Agriculture strictly controls the Georgian wine and spirits quality and checks them at the accredited laboratories. “Georgian wine is one of the country’s main export products and state as well as entrepreneurs and exporters are interested to meet product quality and safety standards”, says at the Ministry.
They say Georgia exports wine and spirits to 35 countries of the world. “In January-July 2015, exports growth was registered to important markets such as China – 35%, France 119%, 221% in Korea, US – 20%, Germany – 17%, Canada – 100%, Japan – 10%; Poland 2%, Latvia – 9%, Estonia – 19% and other “- the Ministry of Agriculture states. As for a possible ban of Georgian products to Russia, the Ministry of Agriculture began to study the issue and find out additional details.
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.