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Food Labeling Lags behind Rest of Europe

Food labeling in Iceland lags behind the rest of Europe, according to the director of Slow Food Iceland.

As reported earlier this week, there have been calls for improvements in the labeling of food products in Iceland.


Photo by Zoë Robert.

The criticism arose after reports that consumers have unknowingly been purchasing imported meat and vegetables.

According to Dominique Plédel Jónsson, director of Slow Food Iceland, rules on the labeling of food need to be followed. Iceland plans to adopt EU regulations on food labeling, but it may take three to five years to adopt the new measures.

Vegetables and meat products must state their country of origin, but problems often occur when goods are combined.

“It seems to be enough to issue a regulation, but if it is not followed it means nothing, and that is the greatest problem here in Iceland,” Dominique told

Dominique points out the example of the regulation on the labeling of genetically modified food, which came into effect on January 1. According to Dominique, the regulation has not been followed.

“I just came from France, I was in Denmark for a short time, I was in Norway, in Sweden, everywhere it is marked and they are not trying to deceive the customers,” Dominique says.


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