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Safeguards Consumers and Producers

Safeguards Consumers and Producers

Easier to understand olive oil labels, and special bottles for restaurants to avoid the use of anonymous oils are some of the new requirements that the EU has approved in order to protect both olive oil consumers, as well as its producers. The efforts are aimed at fighting fraud, as well as strengthening the image and economic structure behind product of such high quality. Specifically, the recently adopted and definitive rules laid down by Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 29/2012 for the marketability of olive oil require larger label lettering (at least 3mm in height), and information on contents which must occupy a single space. You can also say goodbye to the unknown oils on the table in restaurants. Oil destined to the food and hospitality sector will have a special opening which impedes them being filled a second time in order to be sure that the oil being served is what it says it is. The publication of these regulations on olive oil labelling are expected in the June 1 number of the Official Journal of the European Union.