|March 24, 2005, as reported
by just-food.com: The European Commission has suggested that
simplifying the EU rules of origin will boost trade.
The rules of origin, which establish what country an imported product
originated from, are ‘too complex’ the EC wrote in a
This is specially the case with food, where a manufactured product
may contain ingredients from many countries and be packaged and
prepared in different states.
The paper said the Commission favored a “value added test”,
where a manufactured product would be considered from the country
of processing “if the value added…amounts at least to
a certain threshold” set as a percentage of net production