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De Brún supports report on information to consumers

17 June, 2010 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún today voted on a new law regulating food labelling and information to consumers.

Ms de Brún voted in favour of amendments supporting an extension of 'country of origin labelling' De Brún said "Mandatory country of origin labelling already exists on some products, such as beef, but is has now been extended to all meat, poultry, dairy products and other single-ingredient products. This is important as it increases the transparency of food production and the traceability of what consumers are eating. This also strengthens the power of EU farmers, and will allow our own farming community's produce to stand out against those of unclear origin."

However not all amendments supported by Ms de Brún were passed.
"It is a shame that the 'traffic lights' system of food labelling was not adopted, as this would have made it easier for those on specific diets, for example low salt, to know exactly how good, or bad, for them a certain product is. It would also been very time-saving and useful for those who don't have time to read all the ingredients individually when they are doing their shopping."

"Big business was against the introduction of the traffic light system, and unfortunately the majority of parliamentarians supported them"

"The report, now passed by the parliament, will now have to go to the European Council, and possibly again back to Parliament before it becomes law in the 27 member states, so it may be a while before we see evidence of the new laws on country of origin labelling on our shelves " ENDS

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