Country of Origin Labelling
The country of origin labelling can be voluntarily added to the food label by food business manufacturers. The Commission is currently working on a draft implementing Regulation to ensure harmonisation across countries on its implementation.
As part of Regulation 1169/2011, the Commission was requested to submit reports concerning the possibility to extend mandatory origin labelling several food categories including unprocessed foods; single ingredient products and ingredients that represent more than 50 % of a food.
It further acknowledges that consumers wrongly associate the origin of a product and its quality and safety. For vegetable oils and fats, knowing where the oilseeds come from or where the refining has taken place will not offer meaningful information to consumers about the quality of a product. What matters for the quality is the technology and know-how implemented in the specific refinery. For more information on how origin is conferred to vegetable oils and fats, see FEDIOL guidance here. The Commission report therefore concludes that the best approach is through voluntary origin labelling.
Such report was preceded by a study, involving stakeholder consultations and interviews, whose outcome is available here.
FEDIOL actively engaged on this issue. It conducted a thorough assessment of the implications for its sector, available here.
A FEDIOL highlights document is also available here.