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Iceland loses court case over processed fish I.D.

Iceland can't take whole frozen fish from outside the European Economic Area (EEA), thaw them out and turn them into further processed products, and then call them "Icelandic," the European Free Trade Area (EFTA) Court has ruled.

The EFTA Court had been asked by Iceland's Reykjanes District Court whether the processing was sufficient to change the legal country of origin of imported fish. The ruling is a legal precedent for all EU and EFTA countries (Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein).

A key issue was an EEA regulation insisting that imported ingredients for a processed food product should not exceed 10% of the final value for its origin to be the place of manufacture.
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Title Annotation:QFFI's Global Seafood Magazine
Publication:Quick Frozen Foods International
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:4EXIC
Date:Jan 1, 2004
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