UK issues new guidance on labelling of food from illegal West Bank settlements

Author: Ian Black, Guardian [UK], Published on: 10 December 2009

Britain has acted to increase pressure on Israel over its West Bank settlements by advising UK supermarkets on how to distinguish between foods from the settlements and Palestinian-manufactured goods…[T]he new, voluntary guidance issued by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs…says labels could give more precise information, like "Israeli settlement produce" or "Palestinian produce”…Foods grown in Israeli settlements include herbs sold in supermarkets, such as Waitrose [part of John Lewis]...Other retailers selling their products include Tesco, Sainsbury's, Somerfield, John Lewis and B&Q [part of Kingfisher]…Sainsbury's…welcomed "the greater clarity on how to label produce from occupied territories"…Waitrose also said it would be following the guidance on the small number of West Bank lines it sold…[T]he Co-op began selling Fairtrade olive oil from the West Bank – a move hailed by Gordon Brown, who said it meant British shoppers could help Palestinian farmers make a living.

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Related companies: B&Q (part of Kingfisher) Co-operative Group John Lewis Partnership Kingfisher Sainsbury's Somerfield Tesco Waitrose (part of John Lewis Partnership)