More Than Just a Label. Why Labelling is Key for Sustainability? Europe’s Fish and Aquaculture Mandatory Information Requirements
One of the ways in which the Seafood supply chain can comply with the obligations inherent to the traceability, safety and quality of the products is through the compliance with the requirements in relation to labelling.
The compliance with the mandatory labelling requirements will align the supply chain with the growing demand for information from consumers. Increasingly, both traceability and claims for sustainability (whether through certification standards or self-declared), can be backed up with reliable information on the origin of the product.
The new European Union (EU) and Member States regulations on compulsory information for consumers is not only important for the purpose of fishing being a source of healthy food for citizens, but also for the IUU fight: the traceability information of the fishery product from its capture to the establishment of sale constitutes a key element against illegal fishing.
In this session, we will explore in depth the EU rules for labels accompanying all fishery and aquaculture products for EU consumers, explaining what must appear on the new labels and what additional information can be displayed, while looking closely on the Spanish case study: the successes and failures on its implementation by retailers.
We will also explore how can the seafood industry use labelling to achieve sustainability and traceability and how to difference themselves from the others trough labelling, by connecting with consumers in meaningful ways.