Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has said that an IFA report showing nearly a third of pork labelled as 'Irish' was not from this country vindicates the vote taken in the EU Parliament last week calling for mandatory country of origin labelling for processed meats.
Speaking today the Dublin MEP said:
“Last week in Brussels a majority of MEPs voted in favour of a resolution that I and 6 other MEPs brought forward calling on the Commission to propose legislation on mandatory country of origin labelling for meat in processed food.
This was despite the fact that the Department of Agriculture wrote to MEPs urging them to think carefully before voting in favour of such a measure.
Unfortunately reports such as the results of the Irish Farmers Association testing programme on pork products highlight that mandatory food labelling is an absolute necessity and vindicates Sinn Féin’s stance on the issue.
We should not wait for another scandal on the scale of the horsemeat scandal before we act on this issue. Consistent studies have shown that the vast majority of consumers want this labelling.
This issue affects consumers and producers alike and reports and stories that dilute the quality and effectiveness of the valuable Irish brand should concern all the stakeholders involved in the meat industry.
All concerned parties, including the Irish government, should work together to apply pressure on the EU Commission to introduce mandatory food labelling legislation for all meat products.”