Commission regulation: rules for applications concerning the use of generic descriptors

On 20 September 2013, the European Commission adopted implementing rules for applications concerning the use of generic descriptors under article 1(4) of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006. According to the regulation, for generic descriptors (denominations) that have traditionally been used to indicate a particularity of a class of foods or beverages that could imply an effect on human health, the European Commission is able to supplement the regulation with clear rules and guidelines. These rules can now be consulted in Commission Regulation (EU) No 907/2013.

The rules provide for food business operators to submit applications and additionally for trade associations representing specific food sectors to submit applications on behalf of their members. The generic descriptors should correspond to a period of at least 20 years’ proven usage within the member state(s) prior to the date of entry into force of the regulation. The content of the application is laid down in Part V of the Annex to the regulation…

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