Quality of food alcohol – under control

The regulation governing the activities of laboratories at food ethyl alcohol manufacturing enterprises was approved by Cabinet of Ministers Decree No. 97 of February 19, 2020.

Recall that in 2019, the Ministry of Finance established an Inspectorate for the regulation of the alcohol and tobacco market (hereinafter referred to as the Inspection), at which laboratories for determining the quality of ethyl alcohol are organized. They must operate at the enterprises-producers of food ethyl alcohol and provide the necessary technical conditions for their work.

Within three months, such a laboratory will appear at FOREIGN-INVESTED “BEKTEMIR-SPIRT EKSPERIMENTAL ZAVODI”
JOINT STOCK COMPANY The general functioning of the laboratories is as follows. The structure includes the head and technician, whose rights and obligations and the requirements for them, as well as the total number of staff is determined by the Inspectorate. The costs of the organization, maintenance and remuneration of laboratory staff are covered by the Inspectorate after the transfer of the laboratory to its operational management. Laboratories conduct testing and analysis of food ethanol produced by the enterprise for compliance with regulatory technical documentation. For this, samples are taken from all raw materials and auxiliary materials supplied to the enterprise, as well as produced ethyl alcohol (daily). Sampling is made out by an act of an approved form. Based on the test results, a protocol is compiled. If it contains a positive conclusion on the conformity of the samples to standard requirements, the finished product is sent to the warehouse. Otherwise, the batch of alcohol produced is subjected to a second test with the participation of laboratory staff and a company representative. It is prohibited to send products to the warehouse without a compliance protocol. If, after a second analysis, the results remain negative, the products are returned to the production cycle for revision, as the head of the laboratory informs the head of the Inspectorate in writing. The returned batch undergoes repeated purification, and the test process begins again. If even after that the samples are recognized as not complying with the technical standards, appropriate measures determined by the Inspectorate are applied to the enterprise.

The document was published in the official language in the National Database of Legislation and entered into force on 02.20.2020.

Lenara Hikmatova.