Country of origin requirements (COOL)  (France)

Labelling of the origin of a foodstuff is regulated at European level by Regulation No. 1169/2011, which requires this information in certain cases: - when its omission could mislead the consumer as to the real origin of the foodstuff, - when the origin of the primary ingredient differs from that claimed for the foodstuff, - in the presence of specific European regulations (e.g. olive oil, honey, fruit and vegetables, beef, pork, sheep, goat and poultry, etc.) - in the presence of specific national regulations. In France, there are texts requiring the indication of origin, notably for beef, pork, sheep and poultry meat in out-of-home catering establishments, honey and royal jelly, cocoa- or chocolate-based products, wine, beer, perishable food products in case of advertising with a price reduction, etc.

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.

Julie Legay