Written Declaration on labelling of meat and poultry products from ritually slaughtered animals

A EU Parliament Written Declaration on labelling of meat and poultry products from ritually slaughtered animals has been initiated by MEPs Morten Messerschmidt (EFD), Janusz Wojciechowski (ECR), Sidonia El Ŝbieta Jędrzejewska(PPE), Rolandas Paksas(EFD), Jörg Leichtfried(S&D), Nadja Hirsch (ALDE), Cristiana Muscardini (ECR), Mara Bizzotto(EFD), AndreaZanoni(ALDE), Juozas Imbrasas(EFD), PavelPoc(S&D),RóŜa Gräfin vonThunundHohenstein (PPE)

It will expired on 9th Dec. 2013


1. Article 38 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights guarantees a high level of consumer protection, while Article 7 of Directive 2005/29/EC prohibits misleading omissions liable to distort the transactional decisions of consumers; 
2. Dissatisfaction has repeatedly been expressed by citizens in the Member States regarding the absence of proper meat labelling legislation that would comply with animal welfare standards and consumer protection requirements and would enable them to make an informed choice in line with their beliefs, conscience or religion; 
3. Meat from ritually slaughtered animals enters the mainstream food chain, and the labelling of all products arising from ritual slaughter could enable consumers to make informed choices compatible with higher welfare standards; 
4. The Commission is hence called on to take due account of the increasing interest being expressed by consumers in the issue of implementation of the Union’s animal welfare legislation at the moment of slaughter; 
5. The Commission is called on to step up research into how to provide consumers with the relevant information and to take action with a view to introducing the labelling of meat and poultry products from ritually slaughtered animals; 
6. This declaration, together with the names of the signatories, is forwarded to the Commission