Country of Origin Labelling: An Update


Author: Isabel Foley, Deborah Spence, Orla Clayton and Danielle Conaghan

As of 1 April 2015, food business operators must comply with new EU rules on the labelling of fresh, chilled or frozen meat of swine, sheep, goats and poultry. These new labelling rules are in addition to the obligations imposed by the EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation (the “FIC Regulation”), which came into force across the EU on 13 December 2014 (read our previous update here). In this Briefing, we look at the different wording which should now be included on labels of fresh, chilled or frozen meat of swine, sheep, goats and poultry where the:

  • meat is obtained from animals born, reared or slaughtered in a single member state or third country;
  • meat does not originate in one single state;
  • meat is imported from third countries; and
  • meat is minced meat.
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