Israel Occupied Territory labelling, Brexit Beef Fund, EFSA phosphatesJune 14, 2019
For food produced in Israeli settlements on Occupied Territory, carrying a geographical label is in line with EU law, says Advocate General
According to Advocate General Gerard Hogan, requiring products originating in a territory occupied by Israel since 1967 to display the geographical name of the territory is in line with EU law.
Where relevant, the name of the Israeli settlement that produced the item should also be listed on the label, he said.
The announcement was sparked by the French Minister for the Economy and Finance, who in 2016 published a notice to economic operators: “Foodstuffs from the territories occupied by Israel must (therefore) be labelled to reflect this origin.”
Yesterday (14 June), Hogan stated that while ‘country of origin’ clearly refers to the countries and their ‘territorial seas’, the ‘place of provenance’ of a foodstuff is not necessarily linked to the name of the geographical area concerned.
“In the light of these definitions, the Advocate General asks whether the absence of the indication of the origin or place of provenance of a foodstuff originating in a territory occupied by Israel could mislead the consumer,” wrote the Court of Justice of the European Union.
“The Advocate General notes therefore that, in the context of the Israeli policies vis-à-vis the Occupied Territories and the settlements, there may be some consumers who object to the purchase of products emanating from the territories.”
The Advocate General concluded that the Court should rule in favour of EU law requiring the on-pack inclusion of the geographical name or settlement, if relevant.
Heard on the grapevine: Spanish and Italian wines enter PDO register
The European Commission has approved the application for registration of three wines in Spain and one wine in Italy in the register of protected designations of origin (PDO).
In Spain, ‘Los Cerillos’ and ‘Vallegarcia’ wines comes from grapes grown in the central province of Ciudad Real.
Los Cerillos is made from Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. The wine is either ‘purple red’ or cherry in colour, with an floral and fruity aroma. The white wine Vallegarcia is intense yellow in colour, with aromas of stone fruits, tropical fruits, and white flowers.
Red ‘La Jaraba’ wines are made in the Spanish Cuenca province, southeast of Madrid. The wine is made from different varieties: Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Graciano, which are aged in oak barrels for at least nine months. La Jaraba is dark cherry in colour and portrays mineral notes, as well as wild berries and balsamic.
The Italian red wine ‘Nizza’ is produced with Barbera grapes in Italy’s north-western Asti province. Dry and full-bodied in flavour, the wine contains a minimum of 13% alcohol.