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Major European food industry groups oppose EU food quality label idea.

STRONG opposition has been lodged to the idea of a European Union (EU)-wide food quality label based on EU production standards. The Confederation of the Food and Drink Industries of the EU (CIAA) has said it "opposes the introduction of new EU schemes with logos ... indicating compliance with EU ... requirements." In a formal response to a European Commission debate on food product quality policy, the CIAA said existing EU laws mandating food/feed safety, environment and animal welfare standards were sufficient. It especially opposed cramming further information on food labels: "Foodstuffs are subject to a large number of labelling obligations, which already lead to space constraints", and "too much information could distract ... consumers from essential information on safety ..." Meanwhile, EU farmers organisation COPA-COGECA opposed the idea of allowing non-EU food producers and manufacturers to use such a logo, if they demonstrated compliance with EU food production laws. This could confuse consumers about the origin of such foods, it warned. *
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Author:Nuthall, Keith
Publication:International News
Date:Mar 1, 2009
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