German court ruling:

Amazon must divulge origin of fruit & produce

Yesterday, a German court ruled that online retailer Amazon has to inform consumers about the specific country of origin of fresh fruit and vegetables that it sells. The Munich regional court rejected Amazon’s appeal against a lower Bavarian court’s ruling last year. This stated the company needed to provide full details of the source of the goods to protect consumers with transparent product information. This revolved around a lawsuit brought by consumer protection group Foodwatch.

In his ruling, Presiding Judge Andreas Mueller said that according to EU regulations, consumers had to be given specific details on the country of origin of food. That means that it was not acceptable for Amazon to sell grapes listing 13 possible countries of origins or deliver mangoes grown in Israel when the website listed their country of origin as Senegal.

According to, Amazon told the court it had already adjusted its practices after the initial ruling last year.

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