FOUR PAWS urges the Commission to listen to the European citizens concerns on Animal Welfare
A new Eurobarometer on the Attitudes of EU citizens towards Animal Welfare (Eurobarometer 442) has been published by the EU Commission. This is the second special EU survey on this matter of particular importance for the European citizens since March 2007. The main goal of the Eurobarometer is to assess among European citizens how much Animal Welfare matters in their daily life.
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Up from 1 April 2015, the new rules on labelling of fresh, chilled or frozen meat from sheep, goats, pigs and poultry implemented by Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2011 on the provision of food information to consumers have come into force.
These new rules require the mandatory labelling of "place of rearing" and "place of slaughter" for fresh, chilled or frozen meats from sheep, goats, pigs and poultry.
More on http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=CELEX:32011R1169
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.
20 February 2014
Roberta Metsola (PPE)
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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
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The 2007 Single Market Review called for a more evidence-based approach to policy making and better monitoring of markets. In this context, the Commission developed a methodology to help monitor markets from a consumer perspective in two phases: a screening and an analysis phase.
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On 15th July 2013, the Council of Minister has been briefed by the Netherlands on the issue of labelling of meat from animals slaughtered without stunning. More consummer information is asked by the Netherlands, and this request has been supported by other Member States. EU Commission answered that a study on the possibility of providing consumers with information on the stunning of animals is on-going and will be published in April 2014.
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During the Plenary Session of the EU Parliament in Strasbourg next week (10th to 13th June), the appointment of the Croatian Commissioner will be discussed.
Neven Mimica, actual vice Prime Minister of Croatia will be the 28th EU Commissioner. He will be responsible for Consumers' protection. Mr Mimica has already been apointed by Croatia in April and his candidacy has been validated by President Barroso. To finalize his nomination, the EU Parliament has to be consulted.
Up to know, EU Commissionner Tonio Borg was responsible for Consumers' protection and Health in DG SANCO. Hence, DG SANCO will be divided in two DGs: one for health directed by EU Commissioner Borg, and one for consumers' protection directed by the new Croatian EU Commissioner Mimica.
4 March 2013
Barbara Matera (PPE)
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