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.