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Success for consumers - Lynn Boylan MEP

11 February, 2015 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has welcomed the European Parliament vote in favour of a resolution that calls on the Commission to propose legislation on mandatory country of origin labelling for meat in processed food.

Speaking today after the vote Lynn Boylan, the group spokesperson on the issue said:

“It's nearly two years since the horsemeat scandal, the biggest food fraud of the 21st century, and we still don't have legislation on mandatory origin labelling for all meat, including meat as an ingredient.

Today the majority of elected representatives in Europe voted for this to change, simultaneously striking a blow to the corporate lobbying industry and prioritising consumer health.

On this issue the Commission has echoed the corporate food industry's claims that mandatory labelling would mean a production cost increase of up to 50%, yet consumer groups have shown the opposite to be true. Let us not forget that when the Commission was introducing country of origin labelling for unprocessed meat we heard these same arguments.

The Irish government also urged MEPs “to think carefully” before voting for this resolution. Yet another example of this Fine Gael/Labour coalition putting corporate interests over the well-being of its citizens.

However despite this diktat from government we would also like to welcome the fact that half of the Fine Gael MEPS have finally decided to follow my lead on this issue and voted with us for mandatory country of origin labelling for meat in processed foods.”

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