Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Russia to allow imports from 36 Georgian wineries after 7-year ban

06.03.2013 (Hvino News) Russia will allow about 200 Georgian wines from 36 wineries, and mineral water from four producers, to register their products. This will put an end to seven-year ban on imports from the former Soviet republic.  The decision was made following the first round of sanitation checks carried out in Georgia by Russian inspectors, the state-run news service RIA Novosti said, citing Russia’s public health chief, Gennady Onishchenko.

Rospotrebnadzor experts have so far inspected 37 Georgian wineries out of 93, which had expressed their wish to resume imports. The remainder will be checked during the second probe, which may start on March 25, Onishchenko said, adding the watchdog will also make a decision on whether to import chacha, Georgian grape brandy.

“During the first inspection, 37 alcohol-producing enterprises and four mineral water producers were checked. We will not admit one of the alcohol producers [to the Russian market] because things must be put in order there. All the other 36 enterprises can start registering their wines and brandy [in Russia],” Onishchenko said.

The inspection did not reveal any food safety breaches at the four inspected mineral water producers, Russia’s sanitary chief said.

Georgian wines and mineral water used to be very popular in Russia before Rospotrebnadzor imposed a ban on Georgian drinks back in 2006 alleging bad quality.

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