December 12, 2013
EU to introduce meat origin labelling in 2015
In order for consumers to know where the meat they buy comes from, the EU intends to introduce origin labelling for pork, poultry, sheep and goat meat that will include information on where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.
According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the EU produces 20% of the world's pork, 12% of its poultry and 11% of its beef. Similar rules already exist for fresh beef.
This new labelling will apply to fresh, chilled and frozen meat, and will go into effect on April 1, 2015.
The US recently began requiring similar country-of-origin labels on muscle cuts of beef, chicken, pork, lamb and goat, but the rule is being contested in court by meat industry stakeholders and the governments of Canada and Mexico.