MOSCOW, November 16 The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) of Russia is conducting anti-cartel inspections of 12 producers of chicken eggs and chicken meat in the regions due to rising prices in wholesale segment, the department reports.
“The FAS is conducting anti-cartel inspections of 12 producers of chicken eggs and chicken meat. They are being carried out in connection with rising prices in the wholesale segment of socially significant markets… The service will evaluate the actions of the companies for concluding anti-competitive agreements,” the statement says.
The inspections affected the Tyumen, Leningrad, Nizhny Novgorod, Belgorod, Novgorod, Omsk, Tambov, Rostov regions, Tatarstan and Stavropol Territory. At the same time, according to the FAS, in one of the regions, agency employees encountered obstacles to carrying out inspection activities.
It is noted that conclusions about the presence or absence of signs of violation of antimonopoly legislation in the actions of the persons being inspected will be made by the department based on the results of verification activities, as well as an analysis of all information received.
“If there are signs of violation of the Law on Protection of Competition, antimonopoly cases will be initiated. If a violation is established as part of the consideration of antimonopoly cases, companies face turnover fines in accordance with the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation,” the message adds.
According to Rosstat, from November 8 to November 13, eggs rose in price by 3.4% (in the period from October 31 to November 7 – by 2.4%), and chicken meat – by 0.3%.