ANNOUNCEMENT 16 Aug 2017

On 16 August 2017, the Italian authorities issued Decree (17A05698) of 26 July 2017 introducing new country of origin labelling requirements on rice.

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

1

  • 0 harmful
  • 1 neutral
  • 0 liberalising

SOURCE

The Italian official gazette, Decree of 26 July 2017, Indicazione dell'origine in etichetta del riso. (17A05698) (GU Serie Generale n.190 del 16-08-2017), published on 16 August 2017: http://www.gazzettaufficiale.it/eli/id/2017/08/16/17A05698/sg
Food Compliance International, ITALY INTRODUCES MANDATORY ORIGIN LABELLING FOR RICE AND DURUM WHEAT PASTA /SEPTEMBER 7, 2017: http://www.foodcomplianceinternational.com/blog/2017/9/7/italy-introduces-mandatory-origin-labelling-for-rice-and-durum-wheat-pasta
Reuters, Italy demands origin labels for pasta and rice, 20 July 2017: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-italy-durum-canada/italy-demands-origin-labels-for-pasta-and-rice-idUSKBN1A52OF
Ministry of Agricultural Food and Forestry Policies of Italy, Press release 21 August 2017, Grano/pasta e riso: da febbraio obbligo di origine in etichetta. Pubblicati decreti in Gazzetta Ufficiale Martina: avanti per la massima trasparenza verso i consumatori anticipando la piena attuazione delle norme Ue: https://www.politicheagricole.it/flex/cm/pages/ServeBLOB.php/L/IT/IDPagina/11589

Inception date: 12 Feb 2018 | Removal date: 31 Dec 2020

Import-related non-tariff measure, nes

On 16 August 2017, the Italian authorities issued Decree (17A05698) of 26 July 2017 introducing new country of origin labelling requirements on rice.

The new country of origin labelling rules require the subject products to be labelled with the origin of the rice cultivation, processing and packaging country. The requirements do not apply to the subject good manufactured or marketed in another country of the European Union or a third country, i.e. the labelling requirements apply to Italian manufactured or Italian marketed goods.

The Italian Minister of Agriculture Maurizio Martina in this context stated: "Our aim is to give maximum transparency to consumer information, thus enhancing the protection of producers and relationship of two key sources for Made in Italy. "

According to Reuters the Italian Minister of Agriculture Maurizio Martina in this context also stated: “We are putting Italy in the vanguard of Europe when it comes to labelling as a competitive tool for the Italian (agriculture) sector” whilst the president of Cereals Canada highlighted that the requirements would harm exports to Italy.

The requirements enter into force 180 days after its publication in the official gazette, i.e. on 12 February 2018 and shall apply shall until 31 December 2020.

A similar labelling requirement was introduced on durum wheat used in pasta, see related state act.

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