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on June 15, 2010

EU seeks country of origin labeling

New rule would mandate clear source identification

A new proposal before the European Parliament would require labels for meat, poultry, fish, dairy produce, fruit and vegetables to clearly state country of origin, according to a BBC report. The rules would also mandate that labels say where animals were raised.

Since many shoppers buy food online and food packaging has changed, the European Commission says food labels need updating. New rules would include energy, fat, saturated fat and carbohydrates, specifying sugar and salt content on labels, but fall short of requiring "traffic light" color-coding.

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