Countryside alliance backs MEPs' calls for detailed processed meat labeling

By Daniel Woolfson

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Countryside alliance backs MEPs' calls for detailed processed meat labeling

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The Countryside Alliance has welcomed MEPs’ calls for country of origin labeling for meat as an ingredient in processed foods made on Wednesday 21 January.

Members of the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee said country of origin for meat should be displayed on packaging even when the meat is used as one of several ingredients.

Sarah Lee, head of policy at the Countryside Alliance, said: “From April all fresh meat sold in the UK must be labelled showing where the animal was reared and slaughtered. However, this will not apply to products such as sausages, bacon and ready-meals.

“It remains the case that sausages made in Britain from Danish pork can be legitimately labelled as British sausages because the meat has been processed in the UK – we believe food marked as British must come from British farmers.”

As well as calls for more detailed country of origin information, MEPs requested that the European Commission look again at research that suggested the impact of such labeling for processed food may be prohibitive.

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