August 28, 2013
EU pork origin labelling to take effect on December 2014
Origin labelling of pork is set to become a legal requirement throughout the EU, effective on December 2014.
By December 2013, the Commission must adopt the necessary implementing acts for pork, lamb and poultry. Origin labelling of beef is already mandatory. These will become part of a new EU labelling regulation which comes into force on December 13, 2014.
The Commission is also obliged by the new regulation to consider whether mandatory labelling of pork should provide more detail than just country of origin. It must define and consider whether mandatory country of origin labelling will include some or all of the following: place of birth; place of rearing; and place of slaughter.
The Commission has to consider the practicalities of applying mandatory country of origin labelling to processed foods, where pork makes up more than half of the ingredients.
The drive for improved origin labelling has came from the European Parliament which has been pressurising European Commission officials and a number of member countries to act.
Origin labelling is a minor component of Europe's new labelling regulation which is mostly concerned with consumer advice on ingredients and nutrition, positioning, and size and clarity of mandatory information.