Norway labels many fruits, vegetables,and potatoes badly

Mattilsynet is the Norwegian Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority. It found mistakes on 24% of fruit and vegetable packs in that country. Most errors are regarding varieties and countries of origin.

This margin of error is even higher with potatoes. Sixty percent of the potato packs have mistakes about their type and size. The companies that received warnings about this have since rectified their packaging.

Half the products
A survey was done at the five largest webshops in the Oslo region. It revealed that half of the 22 products Mattilsynet checked, had one or more product description mistakes. Mattilsynet explained all the findings.

Merethe Steen, Mattilsynet's sector director, says: "We think there are a lot of unnecessary errors. Description requirements are, after all, quite concrete. We were also a little surprised to find so many mistakes."

"We'd expected better compliance with the rules. These errors mean consumers don't get information to which they're entitled. Or they get the wrong information. Neither is desirable."

As stated, potato packaging had the most errors. Mattilsynet thinks the rules around potato descriptions aren't sufficiently known. They are, therefore, followed less closely.

No country of origin
When they checked the fruit and vegetable packaging, Mattilsynet found no mistakes in best-before dates. Product storage requirements were all correct too. Some of the fruit and vegetable packs were, however, missing a land of origin.

Some pre-packaged fruit packs must include a sorting date too. Apples, pears, plums, cherries, and strawberries packs must have this. But, this was absent from some products.


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