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EU Environment committee votes in favour of mandatory country of origin labelling-Lynn Boylan MEP

21 January, 2015 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has successfully pushed for the Environment committee to accept mandatory country of origin labelling for processed meat products, despite a concerted campaign from lobby groups against the initiative.

Speaking today from Brussels Ms Boylan, GUE/NGL spokesperson on this report stated:

“I am happy with the outcome of the meeting today. The Environment Committee voted in favour of stronger food labelling for processed meats. Although there is currently legislation which ensures that unprocessed beef is labelled there is none for processed meats – so your steak will be labelled with country of origin but your burger doesn't have to be.

The horsemeat scandal seriously dented consumer confidence and across Europe consumers have overwhelmingly shown their desire to know where the food they buy and eat comes from. In Ireland up to 95% of consumers want every stage of the animal’s growth accounted for.

The benefits of origin labelling are not limited to consumers it is clear from the number of producers and farmers that have voluntarily opted into the Bord Bia scheme in Ireland, that it has clear advantages to the food industry.

The committee vote today has sent a strong signal to the European Commission that these consumers cannot be ignored any longer. The report calls on the European Commission to come forward with mandatory origin labelling for meat with processed meat as an ingredient and many of my amendments which highlighted the need for more transparency in the food chain were endorsed.

This is an excellent step and I hope the full plenary will follow the example today."

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