Food Law News - EU - 2000

12 April 2000: BEEF - Green light for safer beef labelling system

EP Daily Notebook, 12 April 2000

Green light for safer beef labelling system

The House voted to endorse proposals for an EU-wide compulsory identification system for cows and the labelling of beef and beef products. Among the amendments adopted was one that would require the labels to simply indicate the member state or third country of origin of the meat, rather than the precise region of origin. A further amendment would remove the derogations being proposed for minced beef, beef trimmings and cut beef. Another amendment would strengthen the provisions ensuring that the same labelling rules should apply to beef from third countries.

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