EU proposes animal welfare labelling for food products

EU - The European Commission proposes to create a special "animal welfare" label for meat and fish products.

For further information, see:
Improving Animal Welfare:
EU Action Plan

The labelling scheme would put more responsibilities on companies to ensure they are getting their supplies from approved sources.

The proposed food label is part of a five-year EU plan to promote animal welfare. The proposal was made by the European Commission in an action plan, published last week, on its plans to increase the protection and welfare of animals.

The proposed EU animal welfare label for food is expected to help consumers make informed choices.

“The protection and welfare of animals is crucial, not least for ethical and moral reasons but also to ensure animal health and the quality of food," stated Markos Kyprianou, the commissioner for health and consumer protection.

Among the proposals in the action plan, published in January 2006, is an "EU animal welfare label" for better promotion of products, such as chicken, which are produced respecting animal welfare requirements.

"An EU label for animal welfare would allow for the better promotion of products which have been produced in line with animal welfare requirements, and a differentiation between those obtained with basic mandatory animal welfare standards and those with higher standards," Kyprianou stated. "It would also compensate to some extent for the competitive pressures faced by EU producers in the increasingly globalised agricultural market, where animal welfare obligations are extremely divergent."

Source: Food Production Daily

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