Court overrules watchdog's decision in free baby food case
MOSCOW, September 28 - RAPSI, Alyona Yegorova. A commercial court invalidated on Tuesday the antimonopoly watchdog's decision that public procurement tenders for free baby food in Moscow were conducted in breach of regulations, the head of a successful tenderer told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI).
The Moscow Commercial Court's ruling has yet to be published.
According to Kommersant's earlier reports, the orders for children's dairy products in a 2010 annual tender were awarded to Wimm-Bill-Dann and Moskva Zlatoglavaya.
Nutricia, a French Danone division, appealed the tender results with the Federal Antimonopoly Service.
The watchdog sided with Nutricia in its appeal on January 11. Nutricia argued that the established food standards restricted the number of tender participants. Its products were barred from the auction because they did not meet the customers requirements.
RAPSI has yet to reach Danone for comments.
Nutricia was established over 100 years ago. One of its founders Martinus van der Hagen obtained the right to produce special milk for babies in 1896. Nutricia specializes in producing food for babies and infants. It has operated in Russia since 1994, and been a part of the international Danone food group since 2007.