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Animal Welfare

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 11th January 2010.

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Photo of Elliot Morley Elliot Morley Labour, Scunthorpe

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the merits of implementing the European Commission's proposal for a voluntary community animal welfare label for the purposes of standardising labelling of food with animal welfare information.

Photo of Jim Fitzpatrick Jim Fitzpatrick Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Farming and the Environment)

The EC has outlined a number of options for animal welfare labelling in a recently published report 'Options for animal welfare labelling and the establishment of a European network of Reference Centres for the protection and welfare of animals'. Our approach to welfare labelling will be guided by general principles which we are developing with the EC.

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