Program for the development and revision of standards for meat products

On July 27, 2021, the members of the Management Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission signed Decision No. 89 on the approval of the Program for the development, amendment and revision of international standards in order to implement the provisions of the EAEU technical regulations "On the safety of meat and meat products". The document was published on July 30 and will enter into force on August 29, 2021.

53 items included in the program

The program includes 53 items in which the name of the standard was indicated along with the ISS code confirming voluntary compliance with the technical regulations TR CU 034/2013 or conformity assessment of meat products, type of operation (development, change or revision), manufacturer, elements of technical regulations, and also the conditions of development.

Which products are covered by the program?

The program is planned for the years 2021-2025. The main part of the presented positions concerns the development of GOST standards for the years 2022–2023. Among them are the technical conditions for:

  • horse meat products (entity responsible for the development of the document - the Republic of Kazakhstan)
  • yak meat (Kyrgyz Republic)
  • boiled, smoked sausages (Russian Federation)
  • canned food with pieces of meat (Russian Federation)
  • boiled and smoked-roast beef products (Russian Federation)
  • frozen meat blocks from cuts of beef and pork (Russian Federation)
  • minced meat, pates intended for children, etc. 

Standards specifying the composition of meat products

In addition to the above-mentioned technical conditions for 2022-2023, it is planned to revise the GOST ISO standards and implement immunochemical methods of protein detection in food products, develop the GOST standard establishing methods for the detection of genetically modified products, as well as the international standard for determining the content of:

  • lead and tin in canned products
  • mercury in food products
  • wheat and rice flour in meat products intended for nutrition of children

Other planned changes for meat products

In the years 2024–2025, a revision of the GOST 18157-88 standard on terms and definitions used for slaughter products and the development of the GOST standard on terms for the meat industry sector can also be expected. For both of these standards, the entity responsible for their preparation will be the Russian Federation.