The Order of the Ministry of Agriculture “Concerning Approval of Disposal and Shipment Procedure for Agricultural Crop Seeds” – amendments. (2014-03-17)

The Ministry of Agriculture prepared a draft bill “Concerning Amendments of the Order of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food No 707 dd. 18.10.1999 about approval of disposal and shipment procedure for agricultural crop seeds.

The draft bill was introduced due to the Summary No 01/2448-АК of the Ministry of Justice dd. 16.01.2014 “Concerning Countermanding or Amending of the Order of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food No 707 dd. 18.10.1999 about approval of disposal and shipment procedure for agricultural crop seeds (hereinafter referred to as the order).
Amendments are aimed to bring some points of the order into accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation (points 1.2., 1.3., 1.4.) and also to eliminate administrative barriers for carrying on entrepreneurial and investment activities (points 2.1., 3.4., 5.2., 5.3., 6.2.9., 7.1., 11.1.2.).

When changes introduce, international rules, proposals of the Barley, Malt, Hops & Beer Union, executive bodies, constituent entities and also necessity for consumer right protection have been taken into account.

Information about variety and sowing qualities of seeds necessary for defining consumer properties can be presented in any way, for example on the label. So, issue of a certification for seeds selling in bulk for retail trading is excluded.

Requirements concretizing methods for sealing a package are eliminated: “Every seeds container is sealed in such a way that nobody can open it without visible marks in order to replace and change the content” (point 3.4.).

Size and form of the label give the possibility for placing information, its completeness and accessibility. It is offered not to extend these requirements to the labels for seeds in the small package for retail sales (point 5.2.).

Label color conforms to international rules. It is offered not to extend these requirements to the labels for seeds in the small package for retail sales (point 5.3.).

For consumer rights protection, instead of name and number of the document certifying variety and sowing quality of seeds, it is offered to place information about variety and sowing quality of seeds on the label in order to exclude necessity for accompanying documents certifying variety and sowing quality of seeds and troubling selling of seeds in the small package for retail trading (point 6.2.9).

Point 7.1. was amended: in the second article words “seeds seller” are replaced with “producer or exporter of seeds”; in the forth paragraph words “standard symbol for variety and sowing qualities are replaced with “variety and sowing qualities of seeds”; in the seventh paragraph “disposal period” is changed to “crop year and expiry date”.

In the point 11.1.2. words “state seed inspection” are replaced with “seed supplier”.

You can find the draft bill by the reference.

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