Sunday, April 7, 2013

Russian inspectors banned 12 Georgian companies from exporting wine to Russia

07.04.2013. (Hvino News) The Russian consumer protection watchdog Rospotrebnadzor barred 12 Georgian winemaking companies from exporting products to Russia during the second inspection on April 1-5, Rospotrebnadzor's chief Gennady Onishchenko said on Saturday.

"Among the companies that we inspected this time, 12 will not be given permission to deliver their products to Russia," Onishchenko said.

Russian specialists visited over 30 Georgian companies during the second inspection, some of them registered as owned by several legal entities, Onishchenko said. "The reason for our denial is noncompliance of the logistics and technological base and wine production technology with our requirements concerning wine products," Onishchenko said.

"We believe there are enough Georgian companies that can continue working to gain access to the Russian market," he said. "The Georgian wine business has great opportunities to evolutionarily return to the Russian market," he said.

Rospotrebnadzor is not planning the third inspection in Georgia so far, Onishchenko said. "There is no need for it so far. There is quite a long list of Georgian enterprises that should continue the registration of their products before they start shipments," he said.

Rospotrebnadzor conducted its first inspection of Georgian winemakers and mineral water producers in February - March. Georgian officials said recently that Rospotrebnadzor might also inspect Georgian companies producing beer and juice.

Russia and Georgia agreed upon a mechanism for admitting Georgian products to the Russian market in early February, which implies Rospotrebnadzor's inspections in Georgia and registration of Georgian products in Russia before the reopening of imports.

Russia banned Georgian wine and mineral water from entering its market in 2006 due to quality concerns.

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