December 1, 2010
UK food industry agrees to labelling standards code
The UK has reached an agreement with key organisations from the UK food industry to spread good practice throughout the industry when labelling food with the country of its origin.
Jim Paice, Food and Farming Minister, said that, "This industry code will give consumers confidence to know more. For example, if it says British on the label, it is British in the packet. Lots of food companies already do this but it is about spreading the good practice and I am delighted to see the food industry come together to commit to these principles."
The Principles of Country of Origin Labelling code, set up and agreed by the food industry, will formalise and strengthen the information provided by companies on the origin of their meat and dairy products. Championing the practices of the best performers and bringing others into line will reduce confusion and ensure improvements in both the quality and consistency of origin information for all consumers.
Food organisations who have signed up to the principles of the code are the British Retail Consortium, British Meat Processors Association, British Hospitality Association, Dairy UK, Food and Drink Federation, and the Business Services Association.