The draft resolution proposed by the Ministry of Industry and Trade on the labeling of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beer is aimed primarily at quality control of products and compliance with the law regarding time limits. Sergei Altukhov, a member of the State Duma Committee on Economic Policy, stated this to Parliamentary Newspaper.
The deputy noted that after the adoption of the initiative, the sale of beer and beer drinks will be monitored in the Unified State Automated Information System (EGAIS) for recording the volume of production and turnover of ethyl alcohol, alcoholic and alcohol-containing products.
“Manufacturers are given time to connect to the system. And in general, the Government proposes a fairly long transition period. Since April, it has been proposed to label beer products in kegs, since October – in glass and plastic containers, and since January 2024 – in aluminum cans,” Sergey Altukhov explained.
The entire labeling system in any industry is designed to protect the consumer from low-quality goods, the politician believes. Turnover control helps to prevent “left” production and unaccounted for volumes, in a sense, protects the state from under-received taxes.
“All decisions on the implementation of labeling are made after a wide public discussion. And beer is no exception here — they are planned for early autumn,” the deputy concluded.
• Vladimir Gutenev named the main advantages of beer labeling • The Ministry of Industry and Trade has developed a regulatory framework for labeling beer products • Topilin said that the amendments on beer production will be finalized with market participants