Clare Moody

MEP for the South West and Gibraltar

Honest Food Labelling

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Labour MEPs today voted for mandatory country of origin labelling for all meat in processed foods.

Speaking from the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Clare said: 

"Labour MEPs believe British consumers have a right to know the origin of meat in all the foods they buy.

"We now have country of origin labelling for fresh meat but we continue to believe that the same rules should apply to meat in processed food.

"Honest labelling of all meat products will help restore trust in the food industry by forcing producers to get a better grip on their supply chains. In turn, this will give consumers greater confidence in the food they buy and help shoppers to identify and support those high-quality British producers we’re so rightly proud of in the South West.

"Consumers support this and farmers support this. Now we must hope that the European Commission will listen to us all and extend country of origin labelling to all meat in processed food."

While Labour's MEPs backed stronger traceability requirements for meat in burgers, ready meals and sandwiches, UKIP MEPs abstained on the resolution, despite the party including country of origin labelling in its 100-point election pledge, unveiled just last month.

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

"Given the supply chain for meat in processed foods operates across borders, EU-wide labelling is the only viable option.

"Despite including country of origin labelling in their 100-point election pledge, just two weeks later Nigel Farage’s MEPs have failed to back the resolution. 

"Most UKIP MEPs actually voted in favour of an amendment to delete our call for country of origin labelling to be mandatory, although fortunately this was rejected.

"They want to be taken seriously, but when given the opportunity to take action, as always, UKIP prefer to sit on their hands and shout rather than do anything constructive."

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