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February 11, 2009

EU: Europe divided on food labelling

The failure of the European Commission to propose a harmonised EU-wide scheme for food labelling has been attacked by the European Parliament’s spokesperson on the issue.

The failure of the European Commission to propose a harmonised EU-wide scheme for food labelling has been attacked by the European Parliament’s spokesperson on the issue.

Writing for Parliament Magazine, German Christian Democrat MEP Renate Sommer said proposed new food labelling legislation should not allow EU member states to insist upon additional information on food packaging sold in their countries.

She said: “The proposal risks confronting manufacturers and retailers with 27 additional labelling systems, with new legal uncertainties and significant costs for labelling and storing, as products would have to be labelled and stored in accordance with specific [national] rules…”

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