EU Commission has approved the transparency regulation on olive oil labels

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CMO Committee approves the modifications regarding the EU regulation n. 29/2012, concerning the commercialization and labeling norms of olive oils

The EU Commission has finally approved the regulation on the transparency, on labels, for olive oils. This will enable to easily verify the characteristics and origin of the oil. In this way the consumers will be able to understand if the oil is Italian or not. It is an important result that saw Italy as one of the most active promoters of this norm. It is, in fact, necessary that label transparency becomes a fundamental principle for all foods, in order to protect consumers and guarantee honest competitiveness. As for the bottles to be used in restaurants, the Commission ensured that the State Members can set norms at the national level that ensure that bottles cannot be re-filled and that once opened they cannot be re-used.”

This declared the Minister of agriculture food and forestry policies, Nunzia De Girolamo, commenting the approval by the CMO Committee with 283 votes in favor and 69 abstention, of the modifications regarding the EU regulation n. 29/2012, concerning the commercialization and labeling norms of olive oils. The new regulation will be applied from the 13 December 2014.
Thanks to the approved modifications the information on the label should be reported in the same visual field and with same font, using the fonts stabilized by regulation n. 1169/2011.
“The decision – the Minister continued – is an important step forward, even is the road to improve traceability is still a long one. For this reason, I have already manifested to the Commission the need to follow this direction in order to generate the modification of the norms awaited by the productive world.”

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