Feed Strategy - May 2018 - 31
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the major changes. As of late 2017, State Duma has passed
the first reading of the bill on organic farming, proposing
to introduce a new traceability system for the products
carrying the eco-label.
"The important feature of organic products is that they
will be tested not only prior to hitting store shelves, but
throughout the entire supply chain, from soil to the package," said Sergey Korshunov, the chairman of the Russian
Union of Organic Farming. "In the end, every product
within that system will have its unique trace number,
which could be used in order to find all necessary information about it in the special state database."
The strict traceability system prepared for the organic
products should make any fraud in the organic market virtually impossible, according to Korshunov.
Tatiana Stepina, the chairman of the Russian
Union of Feed Producers, expressed opinion that the
industry already had been going through the major
changes, as meat producers start seeking ways to
move away from in-feed antibiotics, replacing them
with some innovative products, including probiotics,
prebiotics and phytogenetics.
"Of course, the sanitary conditions at most farms don't
allow to refuse the use of antibiotics once and for all," she
New types of feed are in demand in Russia. Nasha Ferma
says. "There must be some transition period. However,
basically, the whole world in terms of animal feeding is
moving in that direction" of lower antibiotics use.
"Within the new organic system, meat producers
would be forced to abandon the use of antibiotics and
many other things, like growth promoters, steroids, some
feed additives and GMO," according to Korshunov.
It is not clear, however, how much these substances
Russian producers are really using, as most meat compa-
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