Agriculture and rural development

Quality package 2010

Quality package 2010

Quality policy
Quality package 2010

Guaranteeing quality to consumers and securing fair prices for farmers are the twin aims of the "Quality Package" for food and agricultural products adopted by the European Commission on 10 December 2010. The Quality Package was the first step in the revision of agricultural product quality policy, resulting in the adoption of new quality legislation (Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012).

For the first time, the Quality Package puts in place a comprehensive policy on certification schemes, value-adding terms for agricultural product qualities, and product standards, covering the different facets of quality, from the compliance with minimum standards to the production of highly specific products.

 

Launched in 2010, the Quality Package resulted in the adoption of new quality legislation that entered into force in 2013: Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012. In addition, the European Commission set up guidelines on best practices for labelling and certification schemes.

 

The Package included:

 

More information: summary on the EU quality policy proposal