Following the EU Directive 1169/2001 which will require labelling of fresh meat products according to where the animals were raised and slaughtered as of April 2015; the Parliament has voted for a similar step towards labelling of processed meat and has requested the European Commission to take preparatory steps towards this ends. Products with processed meat would then be labelled with the country of origin of its primary ingredients of animal origin.
“Labelling according to country of origin for both fresh and processed meat can help in establishing basic traceability and transparency in the food supply chain. In this regards, we welcome European Parliament’s initiative and encourage the Commission to take actions on this subject. However, from an animal welfare viewpoint and in order to really help consumers make informed choices, the label should include location of birth of the animals, the housing system in which the animals were raised and slaughter information. For this reason FOUR PAWS encourages and will continue to encourage voluntary labels which go beyond Parliament’s suggestions and recommend the Commission to come with an ambitious proposal in this sense” said Pierre Sultana, Director of the FOUR PAWS European Policy Office in Brussels. FOUR PAWS calls on the Commission to take this into consideration in its preparatory work towards labelling of meat products.