EU adopts law mandating palm oil labeling on food products

12 December 2014

Tomorrow the European Union will begin enforcing legislation that mandates labeling of specific vegetable oils on food products. The move means consumers will soon know whether the products they consume contain palm oil, canola, or one of many other sources of plant-based fat.

Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 was passed in 2011 after intense activism, including the "Clear Labels, Not Forests" campaign led by animal welfare and wildlife conservation groups. The legislation, which aims to combat generic labeling of "vegetable oil" on food products, gave companies three years to come into compliance. That three year window ends tomorrow.

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