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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? 

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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Origin labelling: A step towards transparency - or worrying form of ‘gastronationalism’?

Calls for mandatory country of origin labelling (COOL) are growing louder in Europe and supporters say it will restore trust, provide transparency and help consumers support local producers if they...

Greece and Finland to trial country of origin labelling for dairy

Greece and Finland are the latest countries to request a trial period for country of origin labelling on milk and dairy products.

Manufacturers dismiss Italy's 'wheat war'

Low prices and cheap imports are hitting Italian wheat producers who are declaring 'a wheat war' while MEPs are calling for the Commission to act. But Italy simply cannot produce enough...

France will trial mandatory country of origin labelling for two years

France will be trialling mandatory country of origin labelling for meat and dairy in prepared foods for two years, a move which has split industry. 

Romania to require supermarkets to sell 51% local food

Romania is set to pass a law requiring supermarkets to sell a minimum of 51% local food, including dairy, bakery and meat products - but will the protectionist law get...

Italy to bring in mandatory country of origin labelling for dairy

Italy will introduce mandatory country of origin labelling for dairy products and has notified Brussels of its draft decree, the Prime Minister Matteo Renzi announced this week.

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