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Case 98/86 Ministère public v Arthur Mathot [1987]

Facts

  • Belgium imposed a labelling requirement on butter
  • This requirement, to display such information as the manufacturer’s business address on butter packages of at least 1kg, only applied to products both produced and sold within Belgium

Issue

  • Did this requirement breach Art 34 TFEU on the prohibition on obstacles to the free movement of goods between EU Member States?

Decision

  • No

Reasoning

  • As the requirement was only imposed on products whose trade was totally internal to Belgium, it could not be regulated by EU law
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