Italy defends olive oil against British fat attack

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An Italian minister vowed on Monday to use his country’s upcoming presidency of the European Union to pursue a campaign by southern EU producers against Britain’s “traffic light” food labels.

Speaking as he went into EU farm ministers’ talks, Agriculture Minister Maurizio Martina said “uniformity” in European food labelling is “a theme we need to put on the agenda”.

Britain argues that the scheme – which classifies food as red, amber or green according to the fat, salt and sugar content – is voluntary and “fully legally compliant with EU food law,” while BEUC, the European Consumers’ Organisation, wants the system extended throughout the European Union.

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