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04-06-2018 - Labelling of Origin for Agricultural and Food Products

AGRI ENVI 06-11-2018 - 15:10
Woman doing grocery shopping at the supermarket and reading food labels

The Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI) in association with the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) organised a public hearing entitled "Labelling of Origin for Agricultural and Food Products”.

The aim of this hearing was to discuss on the one hand the implementation of national labelling schemes, with experiences from Italy, Finland and France and, on the other hand, whether the implementing act laying down rules for indicating the country of origin or place of provenance of foods (pursuant to Article 26(3) of Reg. 1169/201), published on 29 May in the Official Journal, is a sufficient response to consumers' demand for transparency and the needs of actors throughout the food supply chain.

Location : European Parliament, Paul Henri Spaak building, Room 3C50, Brussels

Panel I: Case Studies

    COOL, practices from Italy - R. Moncalvo, Coldiretti
    Finnish decrees on indicating the country of origin of certain foods - S. Hielm, Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
    Taking stock of national COOL trials: the consumer perspective - C. Perrin, BEUC

Panel II: Implementing act

    Commission Implementing Regulation - food processors' perspective - D. Kozłowska, Polish Federation of Food Industry
    Country of origin labelling: perspectives and experiences from the European food and drink manufacturing sector - D. Jacobs, FoodDrink Europe
    Italian rice is not a commodity - P. Carrà, Ente Nazionale Risi