Food and drinks

Georgia: Adopted Technical Regulation Approving Products and Substances that Can be Used in Organic Manufacturing

As of 1 January 2027, manufacturers of organic food in Georgia are required to comply with the restrictions adopted by Technical Regulation on Approving Substances and Products Permitted to Be Used in Eco and Bio Production Processes.

As of that date, only substances listed in Annex 1 to the adopted Technical Regulation are to be used in organic production processes. The list includes sodium chloride, chitosan hydrochloride, talc (CAS 14807-96-6), etc.

EAEU: Draft Amendments to the Technical Regulation on Fish and Fish Products

On 18 July 2023 a draft law that would amend Technical Regulation No. 040/2016 on Fish and Fish Products was published.

The amendments would clarify some provisions of the TR on Fish and Fish Products and introduce definitions to some new terms, such as “surimi mince” into the TR.

The amendments would also provide for a revised edition of Annex 1 to the TR 040/2016 “Microbiological safety norms”.

UZBEKISTAN: Excise stamps are no longer required for sparkling wines

Presidential Decree of 4 April 4 2023 No. PP-110 “On additional measures aimed at providing the population with high-quality consumer goods” abolished, as of 1 July 2023, the excise stamp requirement for sparkling and natural wines in Uzbekistan.

New forms of excise stamps for alcohol and tobacco products in Uzbekistan are to be introduced in July 2023.  

Russia: Revised rules for GMO registration

As of 1 September 2023, revised rules for the registration of GMOs and GMO-containing products start to apply.

The Rules apply to GMOs intended for releasing into the environment and to products made with the use of GMOs or containing GMOs.

The revised version provides that the following products are not subject to the state registration in Russia:

RUSSIA: Mandatory ID labelling of beer and beer-like drinks

Russia has introduced mandatory ID labelling for beer and beer-like drinks (e.g. cider).

As of 1 March 2023, manufacturers and importers may voluntarily start marking their products, such as beer and cider with the ID marking.

As of 1 April 2023, it is mandatory to label all such drinks that are packaged in kegs.

As of 1 October 2023, it is mandatory to label (provide the mandatory ID labelling) all products that come in glass or polymer consumer packaging.