EC says Italy OK on chocolate labels
Won't be fined, Commission says27 April, 12:45
Roger White, spokesman for Farm Commissioner Dacian Ciolos, told ANSA that "Brussels has decided to shelve the infraction procedure, averting a fresh recourse to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) as well as pecuniary sanctions". In 2010 the ECJ condemned Italy for using 'pure chocolate' labels on products made solely from cocoa butter.
The court said the labels might mislead consumers.
Italian farmers' association Coldiretti said the ruling was "contradictory".
Italy has been fighting for years to preserve a distinction between its chocolate products and those from other European countries which use vegetable oils as well as cocoa butter.