There is a growing trend in some countries of the European Union, such as Italy, Greece, France, or Lithuania, to have more accurate food labeling. While Italy has recently imposed mandatory labeling on pasta and rice packaging, asking to indicate the origin of wheat and rice’s place of cultivation, in the majority of EU countries, origin information is largely absent from labeling for milk, dairy products, unprocessed food, and single-ingredient products such as flour or sugar. The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) “Eat Original. Unmask Your Food”, which Slow Food Europe supports, calls on the European Commission to impose mandatory declarations of origin for all food products to prevent frauds, protect public health and guarantee consumers’ right to information. The ECI was launched last autumn by the Italian farmers union Coldiretti.
The European Union has demanded that by September 29, Italy must repeal its law banning the use of powdered milk in cheesemaking. Slow Food has responded to this meddling—the only way to define the EU’s position—by launching a petition, which in a short span of time has already collected 150,000 signatures.
Piero Sardo, President of the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity, will be one of the speakers at a seminar organized by DG SANTE (The Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety of the European Commission) on Animal Welfare as a way to preserve diversity and quality in animal production, which will be held on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at the EU Pavilion at Expo.