School meals came under the cartel

Schoolchildren and kindergarten kids often underfed, and their diets diversify unauthorized additives such as mold, bugs and worms. All this is a result of irrational organization of nutrition in institutions and especially the cartel of suppliers, identified to date in each sixth region of the country. To curb corruption in the state Duma suggest to toughen the law on public procurement, and the Federal Antimonopoly service (FAS) to complement the real terms caught kartelishev the confiscation of their property, told reporters on September 26, deputies and officials.

photo: Gennady Cherkasov

Flagrant violations on the school and kindergarten kitchens “MK” wrote more than once. But here’s the problem: the baby food market in the country hundreds of billions of rubles. But for the sake of these profits adult uncle-suppliers are willing again and again to close their eyes to such a trifle as the health of children, the right to feed which they sought and obtained all crook.

Here and now, not had time to begin the academic year, as did dozens of complaints about the quality and availability of food in schools and kindergartens. Poisoning in a kindergarten in Ulyanovsk region; acute poisoning of students in the Amur region; the massive violations in the Altai region…. And everywhere the root of all evil — procurement stage of the organization of baby food.

One of the most notorious examples of recent times — the mass disruption in the kindergarten of the city of Krasny Sulin, Rostov region. As a result of the unlawful reduction in children’s servings to an average of 60% of the norm, and beef to 20%, low quality products, as well as breaches in the technology of cooking.

It is not surprising that parents post online photos of dishes that in kindergartens and schools offer their children. And of these “delicacies” is that a forbid children to eat in educational institutions. All this is a result of cartel collusion between traders illegally divided between deliveries to the region one school to another poskolku, the third boarding schools — and thereby emerging from competition in the organization of baby food.

To date, such agreements, according to the FAS identified in 14 regions. However, so far named only five of them — Pskov, Ulyanovsk, Sverdlovsk and Volgograd oblast and Perm Krai. But even in such a local scale the amount of cartel contracts exceeded 25 billion rubles.

At the same time in the Duma created a working group to toughen the rules of supply of baby food. And the FAS, the head of the Department for combating cartels Andrey Tenishev, has made two initiatives. First, to impose a fine in the amount from 10% to 50% of the initial maximum price contract for all participants of a cartel collusion, regardless of whether they won the contract or not. And secondly, to Supplement the punishment of the Directors of these companies in the form of the maximum term of imprisonment of 7 years and confiscation of property.

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