Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Russia lifts ban on three Moldovan wine makers, Georgian still banned

07.08.2012. Yet another three Moldovan wine makers have been allowed to supply products to Russia, the Russian Federal Service for Oversight of Consumer Rights and Human Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor) said.

"Following the results of the monitoring, Rospotrebnadzor has decided to increase the number of producers supplying bottled wine with yet another three enterprises: Imperial Vin, Suvorov-Vin S.R.L. and Salcuta Srl," the agency said on its website.

In the very near future Rospotrebandzor experts will visit six Moldovan factories selected on the basis of the results of documentary checks: IM EURO-ALKO, S.C. Vinaria Tiganca SRL К.О., Vinaria din Vale&Co FJ, ICS S.B.WINES SRL, Cioc-Maidan Vin SA, and SC TARTCOMVIN, the statement said.

"At the same time, Rospotrebnadzor has noted low activity on the part of Buket Moldavii and Vinaria Purcari, which were earlier allowed to export their products as per a protocol of the Moldovan laboratory of the National center for testing the quality of alcohol products. Such a position of the Moldovan producers is extremely bewildering," the agency said.

Earlier Rospotrebnadzor head and Russia's chief medical officer Gennady Onishchenko said that Moldova managed to achieve progress in quality control over the wine supplied to the Russian market. "Over 15.3 million liters of Moldovan alcohol products have been imported since the beginning of the year. The rejection rate has become much lower," Onishchenko told Interfax. Russia banned import of Moldovan wine over quality issues a while ago. The ban was later lifted, with dozens of Moldovan companies allowed to resume supplies over the past few years. "Moldova has provided information about yet another eleven wine making companies which are going to supply to our market. We asked materials to be provided for documentary checks of these factories. Experts might travel to Moldova to inspect the facilities and make a decision on access," Onishchenko said.

Georgian wine and mineral water is still banned in Russia. The ban was imposed in 2006. The official reason: quality concerns.

Georgian producers can resume supplies to Russia if they undergo all quality check procedures, Onishchenko said earlier.


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