COOL – EC seems to reject full country of origin labeling for meat products

An article published today on said that, accordingly to some voices from Brussels, the EU Commission, which has to release a recommendation on this subject before 13th December 2013, following the provisions of the Food Information to Consumers Regulation (1169/2011), intends to adopt as mandatory only the indication of the country where a source animal is finished and slaughtered.

The report is still to be finalized, so what is said above could change in the final version; anyway, it seems to me an interesting insight, and also quite a realistic option.

A full country of origin labeling could burden the sector with high cost, in an historical period in which the costs are high and the consumption of meat is decreasing in more than one market, both for economical and diet choices.

Another argument to sustain this solution is that Commissioner Borg, in several speeches about this topic, has stressed that a full origin labeling is not a useful instruments to prevent fraud like the “horsemeat scandal” and so it not seem so necessary.

The final report could be published at the end of October 2013. We are eager to read the final decision and its rationale.


EU Commission will not evaluate the proposed Regulation 661/2005, the “Made in Regulation”

Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, the true "par...
Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, the true “parmesan” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

European Commission will not examine the proposed Regulation 661/2005, well known as the “Made in regulation”, a measure that would impose mandatory labeling of origin on products from third countries.

Tuesday in Strasbourg, was presented as usual the Commission program for 2013. The proposed Reg. 661/2005 was listed between those initiatives that Brussels not intends longer carry on.

The President Barroso has defined the proposition “obsolete”…and I think it really was so.

The proposition, supported mainly by Italy, France and Spain was unacceptable for all the German and Scandinavian area, because it was considered truly outrageous of free trade.

Association of Italian producers with its President Giorgio Squinzi and  politicians say they are shocked, but I do not understand how they could hope for the adoption of a discriminatory and protectionist rule, not in compliance with the principles of free trade, nor those on which the European Community lay. And I think also that every lawyer was aware of this.

Similar proposal was frequently advanced by Italian politicians also regarding foodstuffs. But the promotion and protection of quality agricultural products and foodstuffs are pursued by EU Reg. 509/2006 and 510/2006 (about protected designation of origin – PDO, protected geographical indication – PGI and traditional speciality guaranteed – TSG), which will be soon revised.

Furthermore, the true quality protects itself, and requires no protectionist rules. I can assure to our politicians that every consumer is able to recognize the real Parmigiano Reggiano from the fake “Parmesan”… The globalization has resulted in costs and benefits for our companies, but they could accept both.

Prime Minister Mario Monti was informed Thursday shortly before the EU summit. “Quoting Squinzi – the premier would have responded with a joke – we could say that it was a foolish thing.”

Thank you Mr. Prime Minister!