A senior advisor to the EU's top court, European Court of Justice (ECJ), on Thursday recommended that products originating from Israeli-occupied territories must clearly state as such on its labels so as to prevent the deception of customers.
Former Irish judge, Advocate General Gerard Hogan's said that under EU rules labels must make it clear if the goods originate in the occupied territories, notably if they come from Israeli settlements in those areas.
"EU law requires, for a product originating in a territory occupied by Israel since 1967, the indication of the geographical name of this territory and, where it is the case, the indication that the product comes from an Israeli settlement," an ECJ statement outlining Hogan’s legal opinion said.
Hogan also noted that the EU rules on labelling products take into account "ethical considerations" that could influence a consumer's purchasing decision.
"It is hardly surprising that some consumers may regard this manifest breach of international law as an ethical consideration that influences their consumer preferences and in respect of which they may require further information,” Hogan said referring to legal judgments that Israel's settlement policy is illegal.
"The absence of the indication of the country of origin or place of provenance of a product originating in a territory occupied by Israel and, in any event, a settlement colony, might mislead the consumer as to the true country of origin or place of provenance of the food," he added.