The Commission published the results of the first coordinated control plan on the authenticity of herbs and spices launched by DG SANTE and carried out by twenty-one EU Member States, Switzerland and Norway.
Authenticity and purity of herbs and spices was assessed against relevant ISO standards. This was the first time that national authorities in charge of food controls and the Commission pooled their experience and resources together to focus on the herbs and spices sector with the aim to protect consumers from misleading, and potentially unsafe, products.
On the basis of these results, the Commission has already called on the operators for an immediate action plan to remedy the situation that is detrimental to consumers’ interests and health, but also to the herbs and spices sector itself and its fair operators. The Commission also invited national authorities to increase official controls in the sector with a view to continuing deterring fraudulent practices and sanctioning fraud perpetrators.
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