Global Trade and Customs Journal

Volume 14 (2019)

Volume 14 (2019) / Issue 2

Enea Fochesato, 'Food Origin Marking in the European Union: Not a Piece of Cake' (2019) 14 Global Trade and Customs Journal, Issue 2, pp. 66–72


This article analyses the EU origin marking regime for food products, beginning with an overview of the international trade rules overseeing the

entire matter, as well as the general principles of EU food law. The author then points out that the EU origin marking regime for food products has

both specific mandatory origin marking regimes applicable to certain food products, as well as a general origin marking statute provided for by

Articles 26(2)(a) and 26(3) of the EU Regulation no. 1169/2011 on food information to consumers. Such latter provision requires an

implementing act which has been long-awaited and it was recently adopted in the wake of the proliferation of national measures. In particular, the

IR no. 2018/775 has eventually provided guidelines on the origin labelling of the primary ingredient of a food product. The author then concludes

that the interpretation and application of the above-mentioned set of rules requires a case-by-case analysis and further guidance from the EU

Commission to solve all the open interpretation issues.

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