Information on the origin of raw materials contained in dairy products has become mandatory in Italy.
According to the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, the new measure, which came into force on April 19, applies to dairy products such as UHT milk, butter, yoghurt, mozzarella, cheese and curd.
It applies equally to milk from cows, sheep, goat, buffalo and other animals.
Agriculture minister Capoulas Santos announces that Portugal has received EU authorisation to approve a new law that will make it obligatory for national dairy products to carry a special “produce of Portugal” label.
The only other country that has achieved similar authorisation is France, he said – and the idea behind the move is to show nationals where their best option lies, as “Portuguese milk is known for its excellent quality”.
Italy’s Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, has signed a country-of-origin labeling decree for milk and milk products such as yoghurt and cheese.
The decree, which has already been sent to the European Commission for approval, has been developed to boost small and medium-sized agricultural businesses in Italy, and reduce milk imports.