Labour MEPs voted today for mandatory country of origin labelling for all meat in processed food, backing stronger traceability requirements for meat in burgers, ready meals and sandwiches.
Glenis Willmott MEP, Labour’s leader in Europe and European spokesperson on food safety, said:
"We now have country of origin labelling for fresh meat but MEPs have always been clear that the same rules should apply to meat in processed food.
"Ninety per cent of consumers want this information, which will allow them to make more informed decisions about the food they buy. This is about clear, honest labelling that doesn't mislead consumers. If a beef lasagne is labelled as a British product, then this should mean that it was made with British beef.
"Country of origin labelling will also help to restore trust in the food industry, which was badly damaged following the horsemeat scandal. Labour MEPs believe consumers have a right to know where their meat comes from and we've been calling for this for several years.
"I hope the European Commission will now listen to MEPs and consumers and extend mandatory country of origin labelling to all meat in processed food."