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France to bring in mandatory origin labelling for processed food

29th January 2016


France to bring in mandatory origin labelling for processed food

France is set to bring in mandatory country of origin labelling for processed products, with agriculture minister, Stéphane le Foll, saying he was ready to “take the battle to the European level”.

In a speech made to the council of ministers this week, Le Foll said the government would put forward a bill to ensure origin labelling for processed products in France, in line with demands being made at an EU level.

The European Commission would be notified, he said. 

However, speaking at a press conference later in the day, Le Foll said that this would not happen in the next six months, and in the meantime, urged French food manufacturers to meet consumer demands by using the voluntary ‘Meat from France’ logo for processed foods.

 

You can read the full article HERE

 

Food Labelling Services comments:

There has been much debate in 2015 whether there should be mandatory Country of Origin labelling on processed products. It was rejected in late 2015, due to the proposed costs that the manufacturers stated would occur. However, these costs have now been cited that they were exaggerated, therefore the bill could once again be debated.



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