Food: Meat

House of Lords written question – answered on 27th March 2014.

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Photo of Lord Rana Lord Rana Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to publish guidance in the short term to advise consumers about the provenance of meat sold for human consumption and the method of slaughter used.

Photo of Lord de Mauley Lord de Mauley The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Government is committed to honesty in food labelling and has supported more and better country of origin labelling of fresh and frozen meat. Defra facilitated the creation of a set of industry principles on origin labelling, which has resulted in most meat carrying a voluntary indication of its origin.

The Government is firmly of the view that consumers should have the necessary information available to them to make an informed choice about their food. Any method of slaughter labelling system needs to cover more than just the UK. We are awaiting the results of an EU Commission study on method-of-slaughter labelling, which is due this summer. We will look at possible options in the light of that report.

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