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EU to Expand Meat Origin Labeling in 2015

The European Union plans to introduce origin labeling for pork, poultry, sheep and goat meat that will include information on where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.

The European Commission said that the rule will allow EU consumers “to know where the meat they buy comes from – a demand they have clearly expressed.”

According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, the EU produces 20 percent of the world’s pork, 12 percent of its poultry and 11 percent of its beef. Similar rules already exist for fresh beef.

This new labeling will apply to fresh, chilled and frozen meat, and will go into effect on April 1, 2015.

The U.S. recently began requiring similar country-of-origin labels on muscle cuts of beef, chicken, pork, lamb and goat, but the rule is being contested in court by meat industry stakeholders and the governments of Canada and Mexico.

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  • Kathy Heinisch

    Horse meat which is a large import for the EU is absent from the meats mentioned that will be required to use origin labeling, any reason for this?

    • MorganLvr

      I would like an answer to that one as well. The EU has already stated that it will not accept horse meat from domestic US horse slaughter plants, but continues to accept our horses that have been slaughtered in Canada and Mexico and thus labeled as products from those countries.

      Are they or are they not going to do something about this insanity? US horses are NOT fit for human consumption – I know because I’m in the US and I know what medications I’ve given my own horses over the last 35 years. Horses are NOT regulated like food animals in the US.

  • Kathy Heinisch

    Oh..and as A Us Consumer I welcome the COOL labeling and do not appreciate the rule being contested in court by meat industry stakeholders and the governments of Canada and Mexico…I bet a whole lot of other consumers feel the same..I want to know exactly where the foods I put in My cart , spend My hard earned Money on and consume originated from..Consumers Have the right to know.