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Demand for country of origin food labelling

FOLLOWING THE horsemeat scandal an MEP has demanded the EU implement a mandatory country of origin labelling system for meat products.

MEP Alyn Smith
MEP Alyn Smith

SNP MEP Alyn Smith has today called on the European Commission to put forward legislative proposals which will put in place a mandatory system of country of origin labelling for meat products, and which includes supermarket own brand products.

His call has come in the wake of the discovery of horse meat in burgers and potentially in lasagne, and reports that meat labelled as halal actually includes traces of pork.

Mr Smith has been a long-time campaigner for compulsory country of origin labelling.

He said such incidents undermine the faith EU consumers have in the safety of the food chain so there must be a compulsory method of food labelling which clearly identifies the origin of the product.

He added: "In the current marketplace, with concerns about the precise content of processed food, as well as carbon emissions and food miles, consumers want to know where their food comes from, and Scottish farmers, who are renowned for producing top quality produce, are in a strong position to benefit from this.

"It is clear that consumers support of country of origin labelling, and it is only right that they receive full and clear information to allow them to make informed purchasing decisions. If supermarkets won't, or perhaps can't, tell us the precise contents or origin of a product on their shelves then I want to see the Commission come forward with legislative proposals that make country of origin labelling compulsory. And I want to see this done with all possible haste, before consumer confidence in meat products in damaged any further."

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