Country of origin requirements (COOL)  (Belgium)

Several EU regulations identifies cases where the country of origin or place of provenance of food has to be men-tioned. Said piece of information is required when: - This is specifically required by regulation in respect of a food category (e.g. beef, swine, sheep, goat, poultry meat, fish, honey, fruits and vegetables), or - Omitting to mention the country of origin is likely to mislead the consumer, taking into account the overall impression given by the labelling. Belgium has not adopted any national legislation supplementing the EU rules.

This is general information rather than legal advice and is current as of 30 May 2024. We recommend you contact a specialised food lawyer for legal advice for your particular circumstances to support commercial decisions which could impact your product or business.

Jens Karsten