Italy: Fruit and vegetables, the obligation to indicate the origin on the label arrives
Regulation & Compliances
Published Nov 10, 2023
Coldiretti, the largest agricultural organization in Europe, has announced that there is now an obligation to indicate the country of origin on the labels of various products, including fruit, vegetables, nuts, dried fruits, mushrooms, and saffron, to prevent imported products from being falsely labeled as made in Italy. This is in response to the demand from 80% of Italians who check labels for ingredients. While this is a significant step forward for transparency, there are still several products, such as fruit juices, jams, and bread, where the origin remains unknown.
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There is an obligation to indicate the country of origin on the label for various products such as fruit and vegetables in bags, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts and other shelled fruits, dried citrus fruits, dried figs and dried grapes, uncultivated mushrooms and saffron, to avoid that products imported from abroad are passed off as made in Italy. This was announced by Coldiretti in underlining the new important result obtained by the largest agricultural organization in Europe for the transparency of information to consumers, with the publication in the official EU journal of delegated regulation 2023/2429 regarding the marketing standards for the fruit and vegetable sector, for some processed fruit and vegetable products and for the banana sector. A novelty that responds to the requests of that 80% of Italians who, according to the Coldiretti/Censis report, check the labels for the ingredients that make up the foods they purchase. Furthermore, these are products that have forcefully ...