December 9, 2010


EU one step closer to origin labelling for meat



The EU is a step closer to having clear consumer country-of-origin labelling for pork and chicken, after EU ministers had given the idea an overwhelming approval, according to media reports.


Sustained lobbying by the NFU saw the European Parliament's environment and consumer protection committee vote in favour of country-of-origin labelling on meat, poultry and other single-ingredient products back in March.


That was followed by a yes vote from all MEPs in June. And this recent ministerial vote brings country of origin labelling laws one step closer.


NFU Deputy President, Meurig Raymond, said, "The NFU believes that labelling needs to provide accurate, clear, and relevant information so consumers can make an informed choice. People buying meat and poultry products want to know where the animal was reared so they know exactly what they are eating. Consumers also want consistency in labelling across all sectors and they deserve not to be misled. Today's political agreement is a big step in the right direction to achieving this."


The next stage of the process is to make country-of-origin food labelling a law in Europe. A second reading at the European Parliament is expected in June 2011.

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