`Refillable Olive Oil Bottle Ban Put On Ice

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Refillable Olive Oil Bottle Ban Put On Ice

May. 23, 2013
Julie Butler

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The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion has shelved its plan to ban refill­able olive oil bot­tles on restau­rant tables in the face of what it acknowl­edged as strong con­sumer oppo­si­tion.

Euro­pean Com­mis­sioner for Agri­cul­ture Dacian Cioloş said today he will meet with restau­rant, hotel and con­sumer rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Brus­sels next week to come up with a bet­ter way to address qual­ity issues with olive oil.

Cioloş made the announce­ment — described by some as an unprece­dented back­flip — at a press con­fer­ence in Brus­sels dur­ing which he also faced ques­tions about the power of the olive oil lobby and whether the u‑turn was a nod to the north­ern coun­tries.”

He said the mea­sure had been intended to help con­sumers. He decided to with­draw it after tak­ing into account the num­ber of strong posi­tions against it in con­sumer coun­tries,” in other words coun­tries where olive oil is not pro­duced but is con­sumed.

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It is not yet clear whether other mea­sures in the same draft reg­u­la­tion cov­er­ing the bot­tle ban will now also be put on ice, includ­ing stricter rules on label­ing which appeared to have gen­eral sup­port.



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