Three restaurants may be fined or held criminally liable for falsification of wine. The same fate may be shared by 13 wine stores. The National Food Agency has sent materials contacting facts of violation at 16 objects to the Finance Ministry.
CBW was told by Head of the Food Safety Department at the National Food Agency Kakha Sokhadze that 275 samples of different varieties of wine had been taken on the entire territory of Georgia as of July 25. Sokhadze notes that facts of violation have been revealed in 29 samples, 3 cases were handed over to the Investigation Department at the Finance Ministry.
According to him, in spite of the violations, these cases can’t be clearly considered as falsification as it should be determined by investigation and the Investigation Department of the Finance Ministry. In addition, Sokhadze does not specify the names of restaurants and stores, where violations were found. However, he adds that violations were found throughout Georgia – Tbilisi, Adjara, Samegrelo and Imereti.
In his words, the Investigation Department was provided with information about violations , however, the final decision has not been made yet. Kakha Sokhadze says that checks will continue across the country until the end of the year. A control of wine in restaurants has tightened since January 1, 2015. As the Minister of Agriculture Otar Danelia states, the government has taken this step to prevent the falsification of wine.