Nessa Childers, MEP for Dublin, welcomed today’s call for mandatory country of origin labelling of meat in processed foods from the European Parliament.
This afternoon, the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) of the European Parliament approved a resolution calling on the European Commission to introduce legislation requiring food manufacturers to include the origin of meat used as an ingredient in processed food.
Welcoming the outcome after this afternoon’s vote in Brussels, Ms. Childers, a full member of the Committee, said:
“The origin of the meat found in the food our consumers buy shouldn’t be a mystery. Consumer surveys show that over 9 out 10 shoppers say this important, especially after last year’s horsemeat scandal.
“We have had such EU rules for unprocessed beef in place since the mad cow disease crisis.
“While better traceability requirements alone will not stop food fraud, better traceability gives consumers information they value and helps food manufacturers and retailers to make informed decisions when choosing suppliers.
“Beef prices did not escalate when labelling of origin became mandatory, and neither will those of processed food including meat, according to research conducted by the Commission itself and by consumers’ organisations in the EU.
“This is a simple requirement, and I hope the full European Parliament will endorse this Committee position at next month’s plenary session, so that we can persuade the European Commission to bring a labelling proposal to the table.”