On March 1, 2017, Russia notified the World Trade Organization (WTO). According to the notifications, the amendments specify definition and labeling requirements for milk products with and without addition of substitute of milk fat.
The draft describes new rules and standards for labeling such products, including branding, descriptions, and label placement. For example, the draft bans using of the dairy terms in the names of products containing any milk fat substitute. As an example, the draft regulations require the label to describe such a product as ‘milk product with milk fat substitute produced according to ice-cream technology’.
Valio began exporting its baby food range to Russia in October. The product range is made with Finnish milk. Baby food is not included in the Russian sanctions on groceries. The exports mean a return to Russia’s baby food market for Valio after a break of 15 years.
Valio used to export infant formula products to Russia under the Tutteli® brand up until the early 2000s. The infant formula products, made with Finnish milk, are returning to Russian shelves under the Valio Baby® brand.
Indian and Russian representatives attending the Gulfood event in Dubai have discussed the export of Indian dairy products to Russia. Negotiations took place between Rosselkhoznadzor, the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, and Santosh Sarangi, Joint Secretary of the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, India. The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) specialists, as well as Indian businessmen took part in the meeting.
During the meeting the parties discussed dairy product export to the Russian Federation and agreed to address a Russian-Indian Protocol on safe export of finished dairy products from India to Russia. The two countries plan to negotiate the issue in a teleconference in the beginning of March, 2016.
Danone is to end production at two of its dairy factories in Russia during the first quarter of the year. The facilities are based in Cheboksary, a city on the Volga river 650km east of Moscow, and in Tomsk, a city in Siberia, 260km north of Novosibirsk.
The end of production in Cheboksary and Tomsk will affect around 300 staff.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said he had extended a ban on food imports from the West by one year, Reuters reports.
Putin told a meeting of government members that he had signed the necessary order.
The ban, which prohibits most food imports from the United States, European Union, Australia, Canada and Norway, was expected to be prolonged for six months starting from early August after the European Union extended.