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Friday, March 16, 2018

Beer flask will disappear from the shelves

A law banning the bottling of beer in plastic bottles, the adoption of which Russia has tried to block international brewing company, can be finally adopted. The governmental Commission adopted the amendments, according to which the restriction will be introduced since the new year.

Photo: Sergey Zelenin

As told to “MK” head of the working group of the expert Council of the Federal alcohol market regulatory service Pavel Shapkin, 16 may, the Commission on legislative activities of the government of Russia approved the government amendments to the bill to limit the use of PET packaging for alcohol. “According to them, the production of alcoholic beverages in PET containers with capacity of over 1.5 liters is prohibited from 1 January 2017, and more than 1 liter from 1 January 2018,” he said. — For sale inventory at retail is given six months after the introduction of each constraint”.

A bill to move from a dead point has allowed the instruction of Dmitry Medvedev, which he gave on 30 March at a meeting in Perm — to pass the bill in the current spring session of state Duma.

“I am confident that before the Duma vacation this long-suffering law will finally be adopted,” said Shapkin.

“Our country needs to move to a more civilized alcohol market, and the adoption of this law is a great step in this direction, — said the member of the Federation Council of Sevastopol Andrey Sobolev. — When it happens, Russia will come out of the list of countries where beer is bottled in plastic containers of any capacity, you can find Romania, Albania and Ukraine.”

The draft law was proposed by deputies of the state Duma in 2013. He meant a phased introduction of a ban on bottling and sale of beer in plastic bottles because it is dangerous to health, is a means for the production of counterfeit alcohol and increases alcohol consumption among the population.

The first reading was held on 10 June 2014, when he was unanimously supported by deputies of all factions. Then law ran into the wall erected by the lobbyists of the international brewing companies controlling more than 80% of the Russian beer market. In the end, further movement of the bill stopped on the pretext of the ongoing improvements.

In April last year, the government issued an official opinion on the bill, supporting the introduction of restrictions. In the autumn with the support of the law made by the administration of the Russian President, instructed the working group to finalize the draft law in the shortest possible time. Then in November to the camp of the supporters of the law joined in the Federation Council, recommending to impose restrictions on the use of PET for bottling beer.

Sergey Zelenin

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