FoodDrinkEurope has filed an official complaint to the European Commission
following the recent adoption by Italy of decrees on mandatory country-of-origin
labelling.

As the Italian government adopted these measures without prior notification to the
EU, and given that their compliance with EU law is questioned, FoodDrinkEurope
has said that it views its complaint as the only way forward to ensure EU Single
Market rules are respected.

In a statement, the association said: “Members remain fully committed to
transparency, including providing origin information based on market demand and
feasibility, they view with concern the current trends to re-nationalise certain rules
and policies in the food and drink sector. National measures on mandatory origin
labelling recently introduced by eight member states are already negatively impacting
trade of food products in the single market.”