Krasnodar, 20 December – Yug Times. The tough governmental control and sanctions will help reduce the amount of products made by ‘shadow dealers’, stated the participants of a roundtable held in Krasnodar last week.
“A lot of proceedings about unfair competition are being instituted in the Krasnodar region,” Deputy Director of the regional branch of the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service, Head of the Department of Control for Advertising and Unfair Competition Viktoria Oberemok said. “If earlier we had only single instances, now we are considering dozens of [such] claims.”
Head of the Department for Supervision of Population’s Nourishment of the regional branch of the Federal Service for the Oversight of Consumer Protection and Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor) Marina Balaeva explained the situation with counterfeit products in the region.
“By a number of factors, the [Krasnodar] region stays on the average national level; by other factors, our situation looks better,” she said. “According to the regional branch of Rospotrebnadzor, the counterfeit sales account for 0.8% of the total product turnover. The widest-spread violations in the Kuban region include placement of unfair information about the product, and low-quality juices and dairy products. For the latter, the unfair producers use vegetable fats rather than butterfat.” It was also noted that the problem of inferior-quality materials for Krasnodar tea has of late become very serious. In 2016-2017, the amount of adulterated products reached 90%, notwithstanding the fact that a regional law on development of tea-growing was adopted in 2016.
According to a national survey recently released by Nielsen, the share of illegally sold cigarettes grew in the Krasnodar region by 2.5 times over the past three years, and amounted to 3.2% in the third quarter of this year.
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