Fortification of foods (Russia)

According to the MR Methodological recommendations approved by the Chief State Sanitary Doctor of the Russian Federation dated March 20, 2020 enriched food products can be bread and bakery products, cereal products (extruded breakfasts), juice products, food concentrates, dairy products, oil and fat products . The consumer package of the enriched food product should contain the word “enriched” in the name of such prod-ucts or in its immediate vicinity. Moreover, the package should contain (i) the names of macro- and micronutrients (including protein, dietary fibers, vitamins, minerals, probiotic microorganisms, etc.) introduced into the composition of such products, (ii) guaranteed content of these nutritional substances at the end of the shelf life of the food prod-uct in mg per 100 g or average daily portion of the product, (iii) percentage of the daily physiological need in these nutritional substances, and (iv) recommendations for use of such products, if any. The Decision of the Customs Union Commission No. 299 dated May 28, 2010 “On the application of sanitary measures in the Eurasian Economic Union” set the forms of vitamins, vitamin-like substances and minerals for use in the manufacture of enriched food product. Moreover, the Technical Regulations of the Customs Union has set out the types and amounts of food substances which are possible to use to enrichment of food products. Cannabis as an ingredient in food or supplements Within the Russian legislative framework cannabis is a prohibited and strictly regulated substance. According to the Federal Law N 3-FZ dated January 08, 1998 “On Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances” and the Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 681 dated June 30, 1998 cannabis is included in the list of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors, the circulation of which in the Russian Federation is prohibited (List I). The prohibited substances are cannabis itself, cannabis oil, cannabis resin in the amount of more than 6 grams of cannabis. Violation of cannabis ban leads to criminal liability under the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.

This is general information rather than legal advice and is current as of 30 May 2024. We recommend you contact a specialised food lawyer for legal advice for your particular circumstances to support commercial decisions which could impact your product or business.

Timur Akhundov

Timur Akhundov

Birch Legal