COOP, Denmark's leading retailer, with about 1,200 supermarkets, lives by the precautionary principle and has therefore removed all endocrine-disrupting chemicals from its products. This gives consumers a choice, says Malene Teller Blume.
European Commission President José Manuel Barroso on Tuesday (5 March) strongly defended the EU's response to the horsemeat scandal that has shaken consumer confidence and, more broadly, could have repercussions for international trade.
The meaningful energy labelling of household heating boilers is being gutted behind the scenes, green campaigners have warned, saying this could undermine the EU's 2020 target to cut energy consumption by 20%.
The European Union moved closer to new rules to protect its manufacturers from cheaper Asian imports on Wednesday (29 September) when a committee backed plans to label products from outside the bloc by their country of origin.
Labelling consumer products with their carbon footprint is not the best approach to combating global warming as the labels at their worst increase negative environmental impacts and mislead consumers, according to European consumer organisation ANEC.
The European Parliament is pushing for new labelling rules that would prevent foreign manufacturers from claiming that clothes were 'Made in the EU' when they underwent only minor transformations in the bloc.
European consumers' organisation BEUC yesterday (6 October) criticised a new Commission proposal to rank household goods such as fridges and washing machines according to the amount of energy they consume, describing it as overly complicated and confusing for consumers.
The Parliament has held back its opinion on a new EU regulation on organic production and labelling rules, aimed at buying more time to negotiate on legislative powers and restrict the GMO content of organic products.
MEPs believe that a compromise with the Council is at hand after a vote by the European Parliament's lead committee on spirit labelling, which allows for vodka to be made from non-traditional ingredients.
Food labelling and advertising to children are two areas where industry is unlikely to be able to self-regulate and legislation is therefore required, argues Sue Davies from the UK consumer organisation Which?.
A Commission is set to issue a recommendation to industry on how to label sunscreens properly to protect consumers from misleading claims, such as 'sunblocker', which only gives impression of total protection.
On the occasion of the international fair trade conference hosted by the King Baudouin Foundation on 28 May 2003, Mr Schlegelmilch said the Commission supports fair trade initiatives and it is making an effort to find ways in the world trading system to ensure that fair trade products remain competitive.