Countryside Alliance presses for stricter meat origin labels
The Countryside Alliance has called for the Government to lobby Europe over the extension of country of origin labelling to cover processed meat products.
From April all fresh meat sold in the UK must be labelled showing where the animal was reared and slaughtered but this does not cover products such as sausages, bacon and ready-meals.
The European Parliament has voted for the extension but the European Commission must adopt it before it comes into force.
“Since the horsemeat scandal, consumers are taking much more notice about where the meat they eat originates,” said Countryside Alliance head of policy Sarah Lee. “We want labelling that shows where the animal was reared and slaughtered for all meat, including that where meat is an ingredient.
“Currently sausages made in Britain from Danish pork can be legitimately labelled as British because the meat has been processed in the UK. We believe food marked as British must come from British farmers and producers.”
Lee added that the Alliance will write to Defra and urge them to press the EC to make origin labelling mandatory for all meat.
This campaign is a key point of the Countryside Alliance’s General Election Manifesto 2015.
Read the document in fullhere