February 5, 2019 - Russian Rospotrebnadzor - State Control and Inspection Body in Trade and Consumer Rights have not responded to the Plantaze company's claim to abolish the temporary ban on imports of that company’s wine in the territory of Russia, said Plantaze's Director Milan Milutinović.
He expects that the Russian institutions will soon prove that the Plantaze’s wine is produced following the highest world standards and will be re-found on the Russian market shelves.
"At a timely request, Rospotrebnadzor did not respond within the statutory deadline of 30 days
, after which the Plantaze’s Attorneys team tried to get informed from Rospotrebnadzor about whether and when they would resolve the claim. However, there was no response to the attorneys of the Plantaze at the end of last year and filed an objection to Rospotrebnadzor, for failure to comply until today," Milutinović said to Pobjeda.
At the end of October last year, Plantaze was officially handed over to Rospotrebnadzor.
According to Milutinovic, the most important thing is that Plantaze, depending on the outcome of the proceedings at Rospotrebnadzoror, if they are not satisfied with the final decision of this Russian state body, has the right to seek protection of their rights at the competent court.
"About further steps in this process, Plantaze will decide after consulting with the attorneys," Milutinovic said. He pointed out that the Plantaze Company still firmly believes in the quality of its products and the equity of Russian state institutions. "We are still in the position that before the institutions of the Russian Federation, we will prove what the analyzes we have done in several European laboratories have proved, that our wines meet all demands according to the highest world standards. As soon as we get the objective conditions, our wines will be back on the Russian market shelves," said Milutinovic.
He believes that the company has always made every effort since the beginning of the judicial process within its ability to return to the Russian market as soon as possible.
"The ban on exports to the fourth largest market, where exports worth more than three million euros was planned in 2017, certainly made a big problem when it comes to sales growth. But our company is precisely through the total sales growth that has been ongoing over the last few years, and has not been interrupted in the last two years, has shown that it suffices to adapt to all the circumstances and successfully implement the set goals for growth and development, despite all the challenges," Milutinovic said.
He reminded that the Plantaze Company, at the end of February 2017, received a notice from the Russian state authority Rospotrebnadzor that its wine, or series of certain types of sampled wines, have an elevated level, that is, more than allowed pesticides and plastic particles. They said, such wine is harmful and improper, and that they will have to withdraw from the Russian market.