(regnum) - Foodstuffs imported into Armenia should be subjected to obligatory marking in Armenia, head of the Standardization and Compliance of the Trade and Economic Development Ministry Robert Dayan announced at a news conference on December 20.
According to him, since January 1, 44 groups of foodstuffs are subjected to obligatory marking in Armenian, the rest types of foodstuffs will undergo such procedure since July 1. The country producer, date of produce and ingredients should be typed on the package or labels of goods. Robert Dayan noted that traders were informed about the obligatory marking and goods, particularly, seed-oil from Greece, eggs from Iran are already being imported with necessary marking. The goods that have been already imported and have no marking in Armenian will be sold freely until their expiration date, reports Trend.
The official noted that many foodstuffs imported from Turkey do not meet Armenian standards and, taking into consideration that the question cannot be settled because of absence of diplomatic relations with the country, Turkish foodstuffs imports were banned. All imported goods should be certified, but Turkish foodstuffs are not. Turkish food sold in Armenian markets are smuggled, Robert Dayan said.