Call for clearer meat labelling

Agriculture ministers discuss how to deal with the horsemeat scandal.

As European Union agriculture ministers discuss how to deal with the horsemeat scandal, a growing number of member states support the introduction of country-of-origin labelling for meat in processed food, Tonio Borg, the European commissioner for health and consumer policy, has said.

Borg was speaking after a meeting of agriculture ministers in Brussels yesterday (25 February) during which the horsemeat issue was discussed. He said he has an “open mind” regarding new labelling laws, but stressed that such laws would not have prevented this crisis, which involves mislabelling of species rather than country-of-origin.  

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