Armenia to Switch to New System of Labeling Dairy Products

ARMENIA - To meet a requirement of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), Armenia will switch to a new labeling of dairy products starting from January 2019, the chairman of the State Food Safety Service, Georgy Avetisyan, said at a meeting with producers of dairy products yesterday.
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He said the new labeling was introduced across the EEU on 15 July, and manufacturers are given a deadline until January 2019 to bring their labels in line with the new requirement.

ARKA News Agency reports that under the new regulations, all ingredients of dairy products are required to be mentioned on labels.

Also, there is a special requirement for the size and fonts on the labels, as well as for indication of the presence of vegetable oil in the dairy product, which should be written in larger letters.

"The presence of vegetable fats in the products of animal origin must be indicated without fail, since these products are called milk-containing products, not dairy products," Mr Avetisyan said.

Mr Avetisyan also drew the attention of dairy product producers to the laboratory control of the presence of bacteria and antibiotics in the products that will also be under the control of the regulator.

Producers, for their part, noted that in accordance with the regulations of the EEU, products that are not exported to EEU-member countries should also be marked in Russian, but in the local market the use of English-language labeling is in greater demand.

In this regard, the head of the regulator said that the Armenian side had already proposed changes to the regulations, providing for the possibility of marking products meant for local markets in other languages as well.

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