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September 2016

Animal welfare labelling

Currenty, there is only one EU-wide system of compulsory labelling on animal welfare - for table eggs. The system for eggs is based on the EU legislation for laying hens defining different production methods (cages, free range, barn, etc.). Such classification of production methods does not exist for other types of animal production in the EU.

The European Commission  does not plan to extend animal welfare labelling beyond eggs-

Instead, the strategy is oriented towards considering the development of an instrument to better inform consumers and companies on animal welfare friendly products that could be used by both producers and retailers, ensuring a transparency to consumers without overflowing them with information on the label. So the approach goes more to a voluntary labelling scheme.

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GMO free dairy products

sLidl, the German discount supermarket, has been selling its own brand fresh milk as "GMO free" since July 2016 using the labelling scheme approved by the German government. Since August two GMO free cheeses have been also made available under its private label.

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Imports of organic foods into the EU

By Regulation (EC) No. 2016/1330 the European Commission updated Regulation (EC) 1235/2008 setting out the lists of countries whose system of products and control measures of organic products of agricultural products are recognised as equivalent to those laid down in Regulation (EC) No. 834/2007.

Regualation No. 2016/1330 entered into force on 22 August 2016.


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