Anneliese calls for the Commission to come forward with clear proposals for mandatory country of origin labelling for all meat in processed food.
It’s not right that consumers can find out where their fresh meat comes from but are still left in the dark over processed meats such as those found in ready meals.
Currently, country of origin labelling is already compulsory for all fresh meat but Labour MEPs have always argued for clear labelling of the origin of meat in all processed foods as well. Consumers should be able to find out where the meat they’re buying is from, as many want to know about the welfare standards where the animal has been raised, for example.
Anneliese said “I have been campaigning for country of origin labelling for meat for some time. Country of origin labelling will not only give greater power to consumers, but also force food manufacturing companies to properly look at their own supply chains. The horsemeat scandal showed how, when companies are lax about monitoring their sources of meat, other, unlabelled products can find their way into the supply chain. Consumer confidence in meat suppliers was severely damaged by the horsemeat scandal, and greater transparency over where meat in processed food is sourced from would be a positive step towards restoring trust.”