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Spain loses appeal against EU citrus post-harvest treatment labels

Spain has lost an appeal against a court ruling that citrus fruit labels must indicate the post-harvest treatments used. The original ruling in November 2014 rejected Spain’s claim that certain treatments on lemons, mandarins and oranges were being regulated under EU food labelling rules, rather than agrochemical legislation. Its objection was that this was unfair treatment, because similar mandatory labelling requirements were not required for other fruit types, even though they were treated with several substances post-harvest. But, in a ruling in March, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) confirms that is it compulsory for citrus fruit to carry labels indicating the preserving agents and other substances used in post-harvest processing.

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