New legislation requires origin info for milk, meat in FinlandStaff Writer | June 2, 2017
Staring next year, all new product labels displayed on consumer foods must always include the country of origin for dairy and meat, according to a new produce act that came into effect Thursday.
Europe Good from Finland
Then-Minister of Agriculture Kimmo Tiilikainen signed in the act in April. The new legislation affects dairy and whole meats as well as processed products such as microwaveable convenience meals. No labelling regulation has existed for milk in Finland before.
The obligation can be lifted only when a domestic meat or milk product displays a graphic reading "Hyvää Suomesta" ("Good [food] from Finland") on its packaging, guaranteeing that the product in question is Finnish in origin.
When the country of origin for ingredients varies, the labelling must indicate whether the meat or dairy is from within or without the EU. ■