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Below you will find answers to a number of COVID-19 related questions recently posed to the BFFF.

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In the light of the outbreak, can the country of origin be removed from pack, to allow more flexibility during production?

In the light of the outbreak, can the country of origin be removed from pack, to allow more flexibility during production?

The Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have confirmed the following:

 

Country of origin labelling is only required on some foods.

 

Country of origin information is required for unprocessed beef, pork, sheep, goat and poultry, fruit and vegetables, olive oil, fish and shellfish (whether pre-packed or loose), wine, and honey.

 

Country of origin is required for any food if without it a consumer would be misled. For example, it would be required if other information on the label suggested that the food product were from an origin that it is not.

 

Where origin information is not required, it can still be provided as long as it does not mislead.

 

So if the origin is not required on the label, but is currently provided voluntarily, then it would be fine not to include it.

 

However, if the origin is required on the label then it should be included as accurate information will continue to be required for all prepacked food in order to protect consumers from potential harm and maintain consumer confidence. And to omit any piece of information where it is required will breach the food labelling regulations.

 

Overstickering is a mitigating labelling solution (e.g. to block out the origin where it is not required) that will continue under current legislation to be available to producers, provided that where it is used no other mandatory labelling information is obscured.