MEPs against Commission proposal on country of origin for meat

Members of the European Parliament's Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI) opposed on Wednesday a proposal from the European Commission on food labelling for meat. The Commission’s plan was to label the place of rearing and slaughtering, including the rearing in a member state after spending just four months there for pork, and just one month for poultry. The proposal did not include a mandatory labelling of the place of birth. MEPs opposed the proposal claiming the act would lay down rules that would mislead consumers.

“We want mandatory labelling of the place of birth, rearing and slaughter for all meat, just as we already do for beef," said British MEP Glenis Willmott of the Socialist and Democrats group (S&D) who drafted the resolution. "This allows consumers to see how far the animal has travelled, and whether it has been in countries with good animal welfare standards, if that is their concern. The decision reached by the Commission and member states is not acceptable for us and, most importantly, it is not acceptable for consumers," the MEP added.

Monique Goyens, director general of the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) said: “If we are to restore trust in the food sector, and more specifically in meat, there is no reason why consumers should only be given a partial idea of the origin of their meat. Beef prices did not climb after the labelling of the country of birth, rearing and slaughter became compulsory. So the Commission’s claim that prices will hike if the same model is applied to other types of meat rings a little hollow."


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Source: Euractiv and BEUC