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Row over Latin labels

May 19th, 1999

The Telegraph, 19 May 1999, p1
Anyone suffering from an allergy to nuts will need to know rudimentary Latin to understand the labels of cosmetics and toiletries because of new Brussels regulations.

Daily Mail, 19 May 1999, p34
… the Eurocrats’ directive insists that all cosmetics and other personal care products must be labelled in the long-dead language [of Latin] will pose something of a problem.

Consumer health groups have railed against an EU cosmetics labelling Directive, claiming it could pose a threat to allergy sufferers. Far from being an anti-consumer measure, the whole point of developing internationally recognised terminology is to help consumers recognise ingredients, regardless of where in the EU they have bought a product. Latin will be used in some, but not all, cases but there is absolutely nothing to stop the additional inclusion of English translations, for example if allergenic ingredients such as nut-derivatives are used. Many manufacturers are already doing so.

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