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Country of Origin Labelling Must be Extended to Cover Processed Foods, Says Countryside Alliance

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Country of Origin Labelling Must be Extended to Cover Processed Foods, Says Countryside Alliance

Country of Origin Labelling Must be Extended to Cover Processed Foods, Says Countryside Alliance
February 17
09:26 2015

The Countryside Alliance is urging the UK Government to show its support for British farmers by pushing for country of origin labelling for all processed meat products. 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.

The European Parliament voted recently for this to be extended to include processed meat, but this now needs to be adopted by the European Commission.

Sarah Lee, head of policy for the Countryside Alliance, says: “Since the horsemeat scandal, consumers are taking much more notice about where the meat they eat originates. We want labelling that shows where the animal was reared and slaughtered for all meat, including that where meat is an ingredient.”

She adds: “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. We will write to Defra, urging them to press the European Commission to make country of origin labelling mandatory for all meat.”

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