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Country of origin labelling

Country of origin labelling

Calls for mandatory country of origin labelling (COOL) on foods such as processed meat, dairy and wheat have risen in recent years with many European countries trialling some form of origin labelling. But do consumers really benefit?  What does this mean producers and manufacturers? And does it put the EU's single market at risk? 

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Spain to introduce origin labelling for milk products

As Spain becomes the latest country to bring in mandatory country of origin labelling for milk and milk-based products, the European Dairy Association (EDA) has blasted the European Commission's "laissez-faire"...

‘Consumers are increasingly concerned about the origin of the products they are buying’

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How food makers can build trust in the food chain

UK consumers place less trust in the food chain today than they did five years ago: How can the food sector reverse this trend?

Seeing red: Italy upsets manufacturers with origin labelling for tomatoes

Italy has announced plans to bring in mandatory origin labelling for tomato-based products, bypassing EU procedures and sparking fears for the unity of Europe's single market.

Italy introduces country of origin labels for pasta and rice

Rice and pasta products on sale in Italy will be required to carry country of origin labels from February.

Greece looking into protection of the name Greek yogurt

Greece’s Ministry of Agriculture is setting up a working group to coordinate information on the production of Greek yogurt.

Does Europe need a legal definition of natural food?

With the US considering a legal definition of ‘natural’ food, does Europe need one too? It would increase clarity for a complex concept, but defining 'degrees of naturalness’ for origin,...

Big names join forces to drive sustainable coconut oil production in South East Asia

A quartet of key industry players have come together to drive the production of sustainable coconut oil in the Philippines and Indonesia.

US withdrawal a ‘benefit in disguise’ as sustainability efforts remain defiant

The US’ recent withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement has inevitable repercussions worldwide for meeting agreed environmental targets, addressing climate change and curbing emission levels.

UK mulls 'British only' filter button to encourage online shoppers to buy home produce

Almost two thirds of UK consumers would like the option to view only British produce when they shop online, according to new research.

JRC finds 14% of honey samples to be adulterated

More than 14% of tested honey samples have been found to be adulterated, according to a long-awaited report by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC).

Italy proposes €18,000 fine for firms failing to indicate Italian origin

New legislation could require manufacturers to give detailed origin labelling for all pre-packaged food on Italian shelves or face heavy fines – but does the move undermine EU law and...

Is the era of cheap food over? Food Ethics Council says not just yet

The Food Ethics Council met in January to discuss climate change, obesity, food security, people and animal welfare, and new technologies.

Protecting consumers from deception: EU Parliament backs tough food inspection regulations

The EU Parliament has backed new regulations for tougher food inspections from farm to fork in a bid to qualm consumer worries of food fraud after the horse meat scandal in...

Slavery at sea prompts calls for new ethical seafood labelling

Ongoing labour abuses at sea have prompted research into a possible ‘social sustainability’ scheme for seafood in Europe.

US deal will flood UK market with food people don’t want, warns respected academic

A trade deal with the US will give “the majority of the UK public food they don’t want” as well as open “a very new can of worms” in terms of food fraud, according to...

Romanian & Hungarian local food laws breach EU single market : Commission

Romania and Hungary's laws on promoting domestic food over imports are in breach of EU law, according to the Commission which has launched infringement proceedings against both countries.

EU seafood survey: 28,000 polled. Italians most adventurous

Most Hungarians never buy fish, adventurous Italians are most willing to try new species, Greeks wants more on-pack origin information and one third of Europeans have no preference for wild...

Audit confirms quality of EU protected origin products

Consumers are guaranteed a reasonable level of assurance regarding the quality of protected origin products, such as Parmesan cheese, according to a recent report by the European Commission.

Portugal to trial origin labelling for milk

Portugal will go ahead with compulsory origin labelling on milk, cheese and other dairy products, the country's minister for agriculture confirmed this week.

Italian dairy country of origin labeling comes into force

Italy has introduced mandatory country of origin labeling for dairy products.

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Follow the 'farm to fork' conversation at Berlin's Green Week

Since 1926, Berlin's Green Week has brought together farmers, food manufacturers and agriculture ministers to showcase the best in international food and drink and discuss the future of the food...

Firm fights 'lax and meaningless' Swiss Made law with watch made of cheese

A Swiss watchmaker is protesting against the loopholes in the country's ‘Swiss Made’ law with a novelty 100% Swiss watch made from cheese. "Our response to this lax and insufficient label is...

What's in a name? Product legality, as UK updates food naming guidance

The UK's Department for food, the environment and rural affairs (DEFRA) has updated guidance on food product naming to make the complex and potentially hazardous field more user-friendly for manufacturers.

Poland to introduce voluntary 'Made in Poland' label

Polish lawmakers look set to bring in a voluntary ‘Made in Poland’ label for foods that contain at least 75% domestically produced ingredients.

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