This situation report prepared by the EUIPO and Europol once again puts the spotlight on the importance of tackling the international criminals who are among the principle beneficiaries of IPR infringements in the European Union.
In 2015, the food industry saw a growth in the abuse of ‘organic’ labels attached to products
that did not comply with the organic certification but had higher retail prices, and a growth in
the misuse of such labels in the future was anticipated.
The value of falsely labelled geographical indication infringing products in the EU remains
high, with the main producers of the original products, such as Germany, Spain, France, Italy
and Greece, being the most affected by counterfeit labelled comestibles. The products affected included wine, other spirits, cheese, meat, fruit, vegetables and cereals.