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Czech Republic, Other EU Countries Push For Country-Of-Origin Labeling

January 11, 2011: 03:06 AM EST

The Czech Republic has called on the European Commission to enact legislation requiring food labeling to include country-of-origin information, claiming the dioxin-in-food scandal in Germany highlights the need for such disclosure in order to ensure food safety. The scandal, which stems from the discovery in December 2010 of dioxin in poultry, eggs, and pork from Germany forced German authorities to cull thousands of livestock. Some countries have temporarily banned the importation of eggs and poultry from Germany until they get assurance that food supplies from the country are free of dioxin, which is a cancer-causing agent.

Sean Carney, "Czechs Seek EU-Wide Food Labeling", Wall Street Journal, January 11, 2011, © The Dow Jones Company
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