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The EU is considering expanding the use of food labels to show where the product was farmed. The step follows a Europe-wide consultation on the issue of food quality. Farmers, producers and consumers voiced strong support for greater use of ‘place-of-farming' labels.
Such labels indicate the country of harvest, not where the product was processed. They are already mandatory for some foods sold in the EU, including unprocessed beef, poultry, fruit, vegetables, eggs, honey, wine and olive oil.
The commission wants to abolish the EU label for identifying and protecting the names of traditional products. EU labels referring to a product's geographical origin such as the Camembert cheese from the Normandy region of France, and the prosciutto from Parma, would also be revised.
Meanwhile, an EU logo for organic foods is being developed. Starting in 2010, it will be mandatory for all products sold as organic in the EU.
Source: MEUSAC Competitiveness and Consumer Affairs Sectoral Committee
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