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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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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...

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