Russian consumer rights watchdog will inspect Georgia's wine enterprises next week

Experts of the Russian consumer rights watchdog will travel to Georgia next week to inspect enterprises that plan to export wine and mineral water to the Russian market, Rospotrebnadzor director and Russia's chief epidemiologist Gennady Onishchenko told Interfax on Thursday.

 "I think they will go there next week," he said.

A date for the Russian delegation's departure will be set after Rospotrebnadzor finishes studying Tbilisi's list of Georgian companies willing to accept Russian inspectors, he said.

Russian experts' visit to Georgia, initially set for this week, was rescheduled because Georgia belatedly sent this list of enterprises to Rospotrebnadzor, Onishchenko said.

The Russian watchdog informed Georgia on Feb. 7 that it was ready to inspect 30 companies that plan to deliver wine and mineral water to the Russian market.

Georgian wine and mineral water exports to Russia were suspended in 2006 amid tensions in Russian-Georgian relations. The official reason cited was low quality of Georgia wines.

There are no diplomatic relations between Russia and Georgia today.

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