New ‘euro coin’ solution to be proposed for EU origin labelling
New labelling rules on food products designed to be similar to a euro coin could soon come into force across the EU.
The idea suggested by EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis would see food products have a dual national and European origin labelling system just like the two sides of Euro coins.
The issue of origin labelling has been hotly debated in Brussels with a host of countries most notably France introducing country of origin labelling on food products. For many member states, such moves run contrary to the spirit of the EU’s Single Market.
In a recent speech Commissioner Andriukaitis said there is a need for people to work together to defend the internal market against any attempt of renationalisation and while providing an answer to the legitimate expectations of consumers.
“I think we need a common pan-European solution, based on the model of the Euro coins which have a European face and a national one.
“It is not for today to conclude but we need an EU debate and I will certainly follow it in full transparency and envisage the solutions which will be the best ones for our collective EU interest,” he said.
The labelling of food in the European Union is governed by a number of EU regulations which lay down strict requirements including in relation to mandatory country of origin labelling for certain meats.
In recent years the issue of nomad cattle that have spent time in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and therefore cannot be labelled as origin Ireland or origin UK.