Commission study explores use of "mountain product" label
The European Commission is publishing today a study on the "Labelling of agricultural and food products of mountain farming" reviewing farming in mountain areas. This study looks at existing labelling schemes for mountain products in EU Member States. It explores options on regulating the use of the term "mountain product" - now protected at European level by the new Quality Regulation, which entered into force on 3 January 2013. The Regulation sets out the conditions for the use of the term "mountain product" and empowers the Commission to provide for practical rules, ie the extent to which there can be a derogation from the rules of origin, such as the extent to which animal feed can originate from outside and/or stages of processing can take place in non-mountain zones.. The study will serve as a useful basis in this process. “Mountain areas are a haven of biodiversity and they are home to many farm activities with deeply rooted methods of production”, said Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Dacian Cioloş. "We believe that the "mountain product" term will help mountain farmers to communicate the specificities of mountain products and maximise their production potential”.
More information on: http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/newsroom/104_en.htm