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Emilija Berzanskaite
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14th January 2022
Internal Market

Court of Justice rules that food marketers must list all food compound ingredients unless that compound ingredient is labelled in the official language version 

The Court of Justice held in Tesco Stores ČR (C-881/19) that under the Chocolate Directive (‘Directive’) a compound ingredient may only be listed among the ingredients of the product without a precise specification of its composition if that compound ingredient is labeled in the precise language version of the Member State concerned. 

Tesco in the Czech Republic was selling Monte milk chocolate hazelnut dessert and drink whose label contained a list of ingredients that included 'chocolate powder' without specifying its composition. The State Agricultural and Food Inspection Authority ordered Tesco to withdraw the products on the basis that 'chocolate powder' was mentioned without a list of ingredients and that the term 'chocolate

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