Food origin labels won’t stop fraud, says EU Health Chief

In an exclusive interview with Rose O’Donovan, EU Health & Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis rejected an extension of mandatory country of origin labels to cover milk, dairy products, single-ingredient products, horsemeat & game, suggesting the move was unwanted, costly & would not impact on fraud. In the fight against fraud in the food sector, the Commission has instead strengthened cooperation among EU anti-fraud groups & law enforcement agencies such as Interpol.

The EU’s Health chief also acknowledged the Commission was late in laying down new criteria for regulating endocrine disruptors – chemicals in pesticides that can interfere with human hormones – saying this was due to the complexity of the issue, not industry influence. The impact assessment is on-going, he said, with the goal of completion in mid-2016.

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