Cherkizovo believes «tax sausage» strange and illogical idea

© Photo : courtesy of the press service of the government of Kamchatskiy creamasia products. Archival photo.Cherkizovo believes «tax sausage» strange and illogical idea© Photo : courtesy of the press service of the government of Kamchatskiy Krai

The proposal for the introduction of excise duty on the production of meat is strange and illogical initiative, reported RIA Novosti head of public relations of Cherkizovo group, one of the largest Russian producers of meat and meat products, Anastasia Mikhailova.

On Monday, the newspaper «Izvestia» reported that the expert Council under the government of the Russian Federation proposed to introduce excise duty on by-products of red meat (particularly sausage and sausages), which may be more than 160 rubles per 1 kilogram. The corresponding offer contains in the opinion of the expert Council of the program «strengthening public health». Received from excise tax funds will be used for support measures for producers of the most healthful foods.

«Cherkizovo group considers the proposal on the introduction of excise duty on the products of meat processing strange and illogical initiative. Currently there is no reliable scientific evidence supporting the dangers of these foods for health» — said in turn Mikhailov.

She noted that the category of «harm» is subjective and largely related to the volume of consumption of a product. «Hence the talk about the need for the introduction of a tax to regulate the consumption of sausages and other processed meat products do not have under itself no bases», — said the Agency interlocutor.

In addition, she continued, if the decision on the introduction of a new tax is adopted, there is a danger that this «allowance» will fall on the shoulders of the consumer, and would benefit from unscrupulous manufacturers.

Cherkizovo group does not use in the production of E-additives and preservatives and is confident in the quality and safety of their products. Moreover, the modern technologies and formulations allow the group to produce a large range of products, including dietary and sausage products with a reduced fat content,» — said Mikhailov.