The canned anonymous Who is going to tell me where these mussels come from?


Yes, in the future this may be the question we ask ourselves as consumers every time we open a can. And it is that since mid-September it has been approved by the European Parliament in a document of the Common Organization of Markets (OCM), a body that regulates the marketing standards for seafood and aquaculture, the elimination of the obligation to include the commercial name of the species as well as the country of origin in the labeling of canned food, limiting itself to giving reference to whether it has been caught or cultivated inside or outside the European Union.

For now, the document approved by the European Parliament requires the approval of the Council of Ministers of the European Commission for its final acceptance. But if accepted, it is sad that after so many years of fighting so that the conserve of our country and especially the Galician one acquires a prestige, fighting with unfair competition on the part of badly labeled foreign products, now at a stroke our preserves remain anonymous and above this is a legal practice.

The truth is that this news is a serious blow both for the consumer and for employment and the prestige of the sector. And it is that in the times that we live, so booming the concept of traceability, if this decision is finally put into practice, it would be depriving the consumer of valuable information, who has the right to know when buying a preserve what species contains the can, its origin and where it was transformed, thus avoiding deception and fraud.

Already today there is some confusion with the labeling of canned food. It is well known to find the legend of "Product made in Galicia" when what we have inside is a mussel, for example from Chile, which does not mean that it is bad, but it is certainly not Galician.

This legend generates confusion regarding the bivalve with Protected Designation of Origin "Mejillón de Galicia". In addition, it is that when going to the supermarket, the consumer who reads "Product made in Galicia" does not think that he may be paying for a food originating in another country, and this legend does not certify that it is of Galician origin.

So it turns out that in the information age, when it comes to food products, they want us to be more and more uninformed. But, and you as consumers, do you think you have the right to know information about this "basic" aspect of our preserves? Or do you understand that these data that the European Parliament wants to suppress, do not contribute anything relevant when buying this type of food?

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