Keith Taylor MEP is calling on the for a change in EU law to allow consumers to see where their meat comes from.
Keith Taylor, Green MEP for the South East, said:
“The Horsemeat scandal exposes major questions over EU rules on food safety and quality, transparency and food labelling, and as regards cross-border fraud and crime. Concerns about the regulatory system, product labelling and how this alleged fraud could have been allowed to happen in the EU’s internal market, must be addressed without delay.”
Mr Taylor called for a change in EU law to allow consumers to see where there meat comes from:
“The time has come to see mandatory country-of-origin labelling for all meat, including meat used as an ingredient in processed food. This should include place of birth, rearing and slaughter. Current EU rules only require country labelling for unprocessed beef. The Greens had called for full origin labelling on meat products in 2010 but this was foolishly refused by EU governments.”
“While horsemeat itself is no more a threat to our health than beef the potential implications of a long and fiendishly complex food chain have been exposed. We have a right to know what we’re eating and where it comes from. Let us hope that from this scandal comes a real change in our food systems so people’s health and well being always comes ahead of profit.”
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