Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Italian oil producers angry with European Commission change

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Rome, May 23 - Italian olive oil producers reacted
angrily to a decision Thursday by the European Union which once
again permits unlabeled olive oil to be used in restaurants and
cafes.
Producers said the latest decision struck a blow against
quality oil by allowing business to put all sorts of inferior
products before customers.
Only last week, the European Commission - the executive
branch of the EU - ruled that restaurants could only serve oil
to customers in non-refillable bottles with proper content
labeling.
Refillable bottles and jugs are a staple on European
restaurant tables for diners who want to douse bread or salads.
The Commission said this new regulation would prevent
restaurants from serving low quality oil and improve hygiene.
But in an about-face, the Commission said Thursday that it
was yanking the new proposal because it was not popular with
member states.
That has angered Italian oil producers.
"Once again we find that Europe has chosen to reject a rule
supported by as many as 15 countries, including major producers
such as Italy and Spain," said the Italian Farmers Confederation
(CIA).

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