The timing of a prohibition on the distribution of unlabeled products is now being determined.
The document under discussion provides for introducing mandatory labeling of milk, cream and ice cream with a shelf life exceeding 28 days from January 20, 2021.
As regards products with a shorter shelf life as well as condensed milk, butter, cheese, and curd, the labeling can be introduced after July 1, 2021. As far as buttermilk, yogurt, and kefir are concerned, these products can start being mandatorily labeled from October 1, 2021.
"Expanding the line of marked goods entails further reduction of "grey" and falsified products in the Union's market. This, in turn, will enable better ensuring the safety and protection of rights of the most vulnerable categories of citizens, taking into account social significance of dairy products," Andrey Slepnev, member of the board – EEC Minister in charge of Trade, said.