Country-of-Origin Labelling for Foods

In June 2010, the European Parliament voted to accept draft food labelling legislation that would expand food country-of-origin labelling (COOL) requirements throughout the EU.

Currently, mandatory COOL is required for beef, honey, olive oil, and fresh fruit and vegetables.

Under the new rule, country-of-origin information for meat, poultry, and fish used as an ingredient in a processed food product would need to be shown.

The measure will be considered by the EU's 27 member governments in early 2012, before returning back to the European Parliament for final consideration.

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