Luxembourg – Israeli food products originating in the country’s occupied territories must be labelled as such, the European Union’s top court rules, in a challenge to French rules brought by a Jewish organisation and a wine producer.
Simply indicating that goods originate in the state of Israel, when in fact they came from an occupied territory, could mislead consumers about the fact that Israel “is present in the territories concerned as an occupying power and not as a sovereign entity,” the European Court of Justice (ECJ) finds.
Product information must allow consumers to make informed choices relating “not only to health, economic, environmental and social considerations, but also to ethical considerations,” as well as the observance of international law, the court says in a statement.
The case now reverts to the French courts for a final ruling, in line with the ECJ verdict. (dpa/NAN)