Conservatives back better labelling on processed food

11-Feb-2015 @ 13:0

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Amjad Bashir Amjad Bashir

Amjad Bashir Amjad Bashir

The European Parliament today called on the Commission to introduce new measures to improve labelling on foodstuffs containing processed meat. The measures, if pursued by the European Commission, would oblige producers of processed products such as lasagne and cottage pies to give clear information on labels about the country of origin of the meat content.

Conservative MEPs supported the measures as a major step forward for transparency and consumer choice.

Research carried out by the European Commission suggests that more than 90% of consumer respondents consider it important that meat-origin should be labelled on processed food products.

Environment spokesman Julie Girling said: "It is clear that consumers and farmers want more and better country of origin labelling. Not only will it help producers promote high-quality British food, it will also enable consumers to make informed decisions. 

"We favour this greater transparency in the food supply chain which will help restore consumer confidence and trust. The horse-meat scandal was down to fraud rather than a lack of labelling – but it highlighted the desire of consumers to have the fullest information that is practically possible about what they are eating and where it comes from."

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