The beginning of mandatory labeling of dairy products in Russia is scheduled for June 1, 2020

The beginning of mandatory labeling of dairy products in Russia is scheduled for June 1, 2020

The Ministry of Industry and Trade said in a statement that mandatory electronic labeling of dairy products will begin in Russia on June 1, 2020. The corresponding government order draft was approved at a meeting of the state commission on September 25.

The issue of labeling ready dairy products - including milk, cream, yogurt, kefir or cottage cheese - appeared already in 2018. The idea of labeling is an alternative proposal to the previously notified project of the electronic veterinary certification system called "Mercury". Introduced in July 2018, the system "tracks" the way of products from the fields to the checkout in the store. This is possible because system generates veterinary documents for products. This system has become compulsory for animal products, including raw milk.

The idea of digital labeling of finished dairy products met with support from the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev, what was confirmed by officials involved in implementing this idea. According to the officials, the Prime Minister ordered that the new labeling system for ready-made dairy products will be integrated with the already functioning "Mercury" system. Thanks to this, dairy products would be registered during whole process of preparation and then at the store.

The labeling solution is currently being tested. Tests started in Russia on July 15 and should last until February 29, 2020. The pilot of the project is the Russian Center for Advanced Technology Development.

Russian milk producers have already estimated the cost of introducing a new labeling system for their products at over 25 billion rubles. This money will be required to buy and install label printers.