Daily Archives: December 17, 2014

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    Biol International Prize 2015

    The BIOL Prize – For the best extra virgin olive oil from organic farming – was established by C.I.BI. – Italian Consortium for Organic Sector – in 1996 and is awarded annually on the basis of the judgment of an international panel. The best olive oils selected as winners of gold and silver medals are published in a guide available on the official website of the event www.premiobiol.it which contains the sensory profile of each sample analyzed.

    The Organizing Committee of BIOL Prize consists of the President or his delegate, the Responsible of samples and the coordinator of the International Jury. The Organizing Committee is supported by a Promoting Committee made up of representatives of the organizations that promote and support the event. The list is published annually on the official website of the event.

    The prize is open to individual producers, olive-growing co-operatives and oil packers who practise organic farming methods according to the IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements) standards and/or national, EU and international rules in force.

    The extra virgin olive oils admitted to the competition are only from organic farming properly tested and certified in accordance with the IFOAM standards and national, European and international standards. Olive Oils must comply with IOC legislation concerning the classification of olive oils, and come from a homogeneous lot of at least 500 liters of oil, obtained in the most recent olive oil campaign.

    Candidates must fill in the application form in all its parts and the attached product description form by web (www.premiobiol.it) and send samples before March 1 2015.

    The awards consist of a plaque and an accrediting diploma. The winners companies will be entitled to mention this recognition in accordance with the correct information to the consumer. Mention may be made only on the packaging of the lot corresponding to the winning sample and other lots of the same quality tasted by Biol jury . The complete liste of winners will be published on the web site.

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  • EU consumers will benefit from better labelling in food products

    As of 13 December 2014, new EU food labelling rules, adopted by the European Parliament and the Council in 2011, will ensure that consumers receive clearer, more comprehensive and accurate information on food content, and help them make informed choices about what they eat, including olive oil.

    The EU Commissioner in charge of Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis said: “As of 13 December 2014, European citizens will see the results of years of work to improve food labelling rules. Key content information will now be more clearly marked on labels, helping people make informed choices on the food they buy. The new rules put the consumer first by providing clearer information, and in a way that is manageable for businesses.”

    Key changes
    Some of the key changes to the labelling rules are outlined below:
    • Improved legibility of information (minimum font size for mandatory information);
    • Clearer and harmonised presentation of allergens (e.g. soy, nuts, gluten, lactose) for prepacked foods (emphasis by font, style or background colour) in the list of ingredients;
    • Mandatory allergen information for non-prepacked food, including in restaurants and cafes;
    • Requirement of certain nutrition information for majority of prepacked processed foods;
    • Mandatory origin information for fresh meat from pigs, sheep, goats and poultry;
    • Same labelling requirements for online, distance-selling or buying in a shop;
    • List of engineered nanomaterials in the ingredients.
    • Specific information on the vegetable origin of refined oils and fats;
    • Strengthened rules to prevent misleading practices;
    • Indication of substitute ingredient for ‘Imitation’ foods;
    • Clear indication of “formed meat” or “formed fish”; and
    • Clear indication of defrosted products.
    However, rules relating to mandatory nutritional labelling for processed food will only apply from 13 December 2016.

    Food business operators have been given three years to ensure a smooth transition towards the new labelling regime for prepacked and non-prepacked foods. In addition, the Regulation provides for exhaustion of stocks for foods placed on the market or labelled before 13 December 2014 (N.B. this does not include exhaustion of stocks of labels).

    The Commission has been working together with businesses to ensure that the new rules will be properly implemented. Work is also underway on developing an EU database to facilitate the identification of all EU and national mandatory labelling rules in a simple way. This will offer a user-friendly tool for all food business operators and for SME’s to consult. The work for the creation of the database should be carried out during 2015.

    Background

    Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 on the provision of information to consumers replaces and combines into one piece of legislation previous labelling rules deriving from Directive 2000/13/EC regarding labelling, presentation and advertising of foodstuffs and Directive 90/496/EEC on nutrition labelling of foodstuffs and other legislative acts for specific categories of foods.

    For more information
    MEMO/14/2561
    http://ec.europa.eu/food/food/labellingnutrition/foodlabelling/index_en.htm
    http://ec.europa.eu/fisheries/documentation/publications/eu-new-fish-and-aquaculture-consumer-labels-pocket-guide_en.pdf

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