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Origin of meats in processed foods must be available to public - Lynn Boylan MEP

25 September, 2014 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan is to raise the issue of origin labelling for processed foods with the European Commission. The Dublin MEP will co-sponsor a question to the Commission through the influential EU committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. 

Speaking in Brussels, Lynn Boylan said: 

"The Commission's own research indicates that 90% of consumers want to know the origin of meat in processed foods. There is now an even more pressing need for clear information to be available to consumers. 

"The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) has recently lead a public campaign to ensure that labelling plans for processed meat is part of  EU policy. There has been remarkable support for its campaign. 

"I will be asking the Commission if it will follow up on its report to Parliament, submitted in December of last year, and if it will now produce legislative proposals. 

"I will be pushing for mandatory origin labelling for meat from processed meat products, particularly in light of the horsemeat scandal which raised awareness of the complex and shadowy supply chains for such meat products."  

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