Brazil Steps Up Coffee Quality Enforcement

Law360, New York (May 25, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT) -- Brazil, the world's largest coffee producer and exporter, has unveiled what it said was the first measure of its kind to regulate the flavor and aroma of roasted and ground coffee beans.

Coffee, the second-most popular beverage in Brazil after water, will soon be monitored for freshness, appearance and odor, and labels will have to list the manufacturer's name, batch, expiry date and country of origin, Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture said Monday.

Brazil already caps the percentage of coffee bean impurities at 1 percent and limits...
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