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Monday, 18 April 2011

Overhauling agricultural quality policy

The EU has started the review of its quality policy for agricultural products. The aim is to streamline the current rules and procedures, to continue to ensure that consumers receive high-quality agricultural products and to boost the diversity of agricultural activities, especially traditional production. The first part of this "quality package" – the proposal for a regulation on agricultural product quality schemes – was discussed by the Agriculture and Fisheries Council on 14 April. The overall goal of the regulation is to provide farmers and producers with more coherent, clearer and more easily accessible tools to enable them to inform their customers about the characteristics of their produce. […] In addition to the improvements proposed by the Commission, the ministers discussed whether it would be useful to add two additional schemes to the proposed regulation: a "local farming and direct sales" scheme and a specific scheme for "mountain farming produce". The whole "quality package" is expected to be adopted in 2012.

Source: Council of Ministers