Horsemeat review recommendations already backed by Labour MEPs

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This week's government report into the horsemeat scandal recommends unannounced audit checks and greater scrutiny of supply chains - measures Labour MEPs have consistently voted for.

In April Labour MEPs backed measures for unannounced checks in the food industry, and for years Labour MEPs have been fighting to introduce country of origin labelling for meat in processed foods.

Glenis Willmott MEP, Labour's leader in Europe and Labour's European spokesperson on food safety, said:

"The unannounced checks is something we voted for in new food inspection legislation, and country of origin labelling would force the industry to get a grip on their supply chain.

"The horsemeat scandal exposed large-scale fraud in the meat industry and made it clear we need to take action to ensure inspections are effective at identifying and dealing with this sort of criminality.

"Inspections should be unannounced wherever possible and the penalties for those who break the law should act as a real deterrent and show we're serious about cracking down on those who deliberately mislead consumers about their food."

Glenis Willmott MEP added:

"Producers and suppliers simply have to get a grip on their supply chains. If companies had to label the origin of their meat not only would it force them to fully document their supply chain, but it would give consumers the information they want about where their meat has come from, and how far it has travelled."

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