EU: Compulsory origin labels on olive oil mooted
European Commission officials are drafting proposals to introduce compulsory origin labelling for virgin and extra virgin olive oil sold in the EU from June next year.
A Brussels note said "agricultural traditions and local extraction and blending practices" make oils have a "quite different taste and quality depending on their geographical origin."
The EU introduced an optional origin labelling system in 2002, but the Commission said today (17 September): "This has proved insufficient to avoid consumers being misled."
Under its proposals, labels for one-country oils will name that country and blends will be declared with labels saying whether oils are EU or non-EU-made or a mixture of both.
Sectors: Commodities & ingredients
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