EU passes fisheries product labelling rules

Commission claims initiative to help consumers, boost fish stocks conservation

The European Commission yesterday announced new labelling rules for all EU fisheries products. Approved by commissioners meeting in Strasbourg, the regulation will strengthen the traceability of fisheries products, improve monitoring "from ship to shop" and enhance fish stocks conservation, according to fisheries commissioner Franz Fischler.

Under the regulation, fisheries products retailed anywhere in the EU from 1 January must carry a label showing the commercial name of the species, where the product comes from and the production method used - in other words whether wild or farmed. The regulation implements an objective agreed over a year ago in an EU fisheries market organisation regulation (see link below).

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