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COOL potatoes? Poland plans to introduce mandatory country of origin labelling for fresh potatoes

  • Ignacio CARREÑO and Lourdes MEDINA PÉREZ

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On 14 November 2018, Poland’s Ministry for Agriculture and Rural Development notified the European Commission (hereinafter, Commission) of its intention to introduce mandatory country of origin labelling (hereinafter, COOL) for potatoes on the basis of a Draft Regulation of the Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development amending the Regulation on the labelling of certain foodstuffs (hereinafter, Draft Regulation).1 Poland’s notification is the most recent example of the continuously increasing number of EU Member States’ measures on COOL for foodstuffs. While the EU already provides COOL requirements for fruits and vegetables in Regulation (EU) No 543/2011 of 7 June 2011 laying down detailed rules for the application of Council Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007 in respect of the fruit and vegetables and processed fruit and vegetables sectors2 (hereinafter, Regulation (EU) No 543/2011), they do not apply to fresh potatoes.

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Ignacio Carreño is a Senior Associate and Lourdes Medina Pérez is a Junior Lawyer at FratiniVergano – European Lawyers, a law firm with offices in Brussels and Singapore that specialises in international trade and food law. An earlier version of this report appeared in Trade Perspectives©, Issue No 22 of 30 November 2018, available at <http://www.fratinivergano.eu/en/trade-perspectives/> (accessed 15 February 2019).

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Communication from the Commission – TRIS/(2018) 03138, available at <ec.europa.eu/growth/tools-databases/tris/nview.cfm?p=2018_562_EN_EN> (accessed 15 February 2019).

2

[2011] OJ L 157/1.

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3 [2011] OJ L 304/18.

4 Supra, note 1.

5 Notification Number: 2018/537/PL (Poland), <ec.europa.eu/growth/tools-databases/tris/en/search/?trisaction=search.detail&year=2018&num=537>.

6 [2013] OJ L 347/671.

7 Potatoes, European Commission – Agriculture and Rural Development, available at <ec.europa.eu/agriculture/potatoes_en> (accessed 15 February 2019).

8 Potatoes for Human Consumption, European Commission (May 2010), available at <ec.europa.eu/agriculture/sites/agriculture/files/potatoes/fact-sheet_en.pdf> (accessed 15 February 2019).

9 Under Council Regulation (EC) No 1782/2003 of 29 September 2003 establishing common rules for direct support schemes under the common agricultural policy and establishing certain support schemes for farmers, OJ 2003 L 270/1, as amended and later repealed by Regulation (EU) No 1307/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 establishing rules for direct payments to farmers under support schemes within the framework of the common agricultural policy, [2013] OJ L 347/608. Europatat Annual Report 2017, available at <europatat.eu/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Europatat_Annual_Report_2017-2018_web_.pdf> (accessed 15 February 2019).

10 The EU potato sector, available at <europatat.eu/activities/the-eu-potato-sector/> (accessed 15 February 2019).

11 Commission Regulation (EC) No 1580/2007 of 21 December 2007 laying down implementing rules of Council Regulations (EC) No 2200/96, (EC) No 2201/96 and (EC) No 1182/2007 in the fruit and vegetable sector, [2007] OJ L 350/1.

12 Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 July 2000 establishing a system for the identification and registration of bovine animals and regarding the labelling of beef and beef products, [2000] OJ L 204/1.

13 Council Regulation (EC) No 104/2000 of 17 December 1999 on the common organisation of the markets in fishery and aquaculture products, [2000] OJ L 17/22.

14 Commission Regulation (EC) No 1019/2002 of 13 June 2002 on marketing standards for olive oil, [2002] OJ L155/27.

15 Council Directive 2001/110/EC of 20 December 2001 relating to honey, [2002] OJ L 10/47.

16 Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 July 2000 establishing a system for the identification and registration of bovine animals and regarding the labelling of beef and beef products, [2000] OJ L 204/1.

17 Art 5(4) of Commission Regulation (EC) No 543/2008 of 16 June 2008 laying down detailed rules for the application of Council Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007 as regards the marketing standards for poultry meat, [2008] OJ L 157/46.

18 [2013] OJ L 335/19. For the legislative history, see Carreño, I, “New EU rules on the country of origin labelling for meat of swine, sheep, goats and poultry” (2014) 2 EJRR 2013 .

19 COM(2015) 204 final.

20 OJ L 131, 29.5.2018, pp 8–11.

21 European Commission, DG Agriculture, Agricultural Product Quality Policy: Impact Assessment, Annex A(II): Marketing Standards, Version: 08-4-09, available at <ec.europa.eu/agriculture/quality/policy/com2009_234/ia_annex_a2_en.pdf> (accessed 15 February 2019).

22 European Commission, Green Paper on agricultural product quality: product standards, farming requirements and quality schemes, COM/2008/0641 final, available at <eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:52008DC0641> (accessed 15 February 2019).

23 Available at <www.unece.org/trade/agr/standard/fresh/ffv-standardse.html> (accessed 15 February 2019).

24 UNECE Standard FFV-52 concerning the marketing and commercial quality control of early and ware potatoes, based on document ECE/TRADE/C/WP.7/2011/8.

25 See for all examples: European Commission DG Agriculture and Rural Development DOOR database, available at <ec.europa.eu/agriculture/quality/door/list.html> (accessed 15 February 2019).

26 Communication from the Commission - TRIS/(2018) 03138, available at <ec.europa.eu/growth/tools-databases/tris/nview.cfm?p=2018_562_EN_EN> (accessed 15 February 2019).

27 Idem.

28 C(2018) 6054 final, Commission Decision of 19 September 2018 on the proposed citizens’ initiative entitled “Eat ORIGINal! Unmask your food”.

29 Available at <ec.europa.eu/citizens-initiative/public/initiatives/open/details/2018/000006> (accessed 15 February 2019).

30 Fresh Plaza, Poland: Potatoes to be labelled with country of origin, Publication date: 15 May 2018, available at <www.freshplaza.com/article/2194547/poland-potatoes-to-be-labelled-with-country-of-origin/> (accessed 15 February 2019). Source: <naszdziennik.pl/ekonomia-polska-wies/197131,ziemniaki-z-oznaczeniem-kraju-pochodzenia.html> (accessed 15 February 2019).

31 EU-28 potato production up by 9% in 2017, FreshPlaza (November 2017), available at <www.freshplaza.com/article/2185333/eu-28-potato-production-up-by-9-in-2017/> (accessed 15 February 2019).

32 Trade Helpdesk, European Commission, HS 0701 Potatoes, fresh or chilled (2017), available at <trade.ec.europa.eu/tradehelp/statistics> (accessed 15 February 2019).

33 Supra, note 30.

34 OJ 2018 C 352/25. Request for a preliminary ruling from the Conseil d’État (France) lodged on 24 July 2018, Groupe Lactalis v Premier ministre, Ministre de l’Agriculture et de l’Alimentation, Garde des Sceaux, Ministre de la Justice, Ministre de l’Économie et des Finances (Case C-485/18).

35 Case 8-74, Judgment of the Court of 11 July 1974, Procureur du Roi v Benoît and Gustave Dassonville. Reference for a preliminary ruling: Tribunal de première instance de Bruxelles – Belgium, ECR 1974-00837.

36 Carreño, I and Dolle, TA Myriad of EU Member States’ Measures on Mandatory Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) of Food Compromise the EU Internal Market” (2017) 4 EJRR 779 .

37 Regarding the Notification 2018/537/PL, available at <ec.europa.eu/food/sites/food/files/safety/docs/reg-com_gfl_20181207_agenda.pdf> (accessed 15 February 2019). Minutes of the meeting are yet to be published.

38 Supra, note 36.

39 See Carreño, I, Dolle, T and Rovnov, Y, “Country of Origin Labelling on the Rise in EU Member States – An Analysis under EU law and the EU’s International Trade Obligations” (2017) 2 EJRR 414 .

40 United States – Certain Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) Requirements, Request for consultations by Canada, WTO Doc., WT/DS384/1, G/L/874, G/TBT/D/33, G/SPS/GEN/890, G/RO/D/6, 4 December 2008.

* Ignacio Carreño is a Senior Associate and Lourdes Medina Pérez is a Junior Lawyer at FratiniVergano – European Lawyers, a law firm with offices in Brussels and Singapore that specialises in international trade and food law. An earlier version of this report appeared in Trade Perspectives©, Issue No 22 of 30 November 2018, available at <http://www.fratinivergano.eu/en/trade-perspectives/> (accessed 15 February 2019).

1 Communication from the Commission – TRIS/(2018) 03138, available at <ec.europa.eu/growth/tools-databases/tris/nview.cfm?p=2018_562_EN_EN> (accessed 15 February 2019).

2 [2011] OJ L 157/1.

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