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Eco-labelling: certification schemes


Labelling is a means for providing accurate, understandable, verifialble and reliable information to consumers to allow those who wish, to adjust their purchasing behaviour and diet choices to a more sustainable level. Voluntary and compulsory labelling schemes are increasingly used to communicate on nutritional matters, health and safety, country of origin, environment, energy, ingredients list etc. Examples of some frequently used labels which have usually been developed through a multi-stakeholder process are: tthe FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) or PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) labels, the MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) label, the fair-trade label, etc. Companies (retailers and producers) also develop their own labelling schemes.


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