COOL – EC seems to reject full country of origin labeling for meat products

An article published today on said that, accordingly to some voices from Brussels, the EU Commission, which has to release a recommendation on this subject before 13th December 2013, following the provisions of the Food Information to Consumers Regulation (1169/2011), intends to adopt as mandatory only the indication of the country where a source animal is finished and slaughtered.

The report is still to be finalized, so what is said above could change in the final version; anyway, it seems to me an interesting insight, and also quite a realistic option.

A full country of origin labeling could burden the sector with high cost, in an historical period in which the costs are high and the consumption of meat is decreasing in more than one market, both for economical and diet choices.

Another argument to sustain this solution is that Commissioner Borg, in several speeches about this topic, has stressed that a full origin labeling is not a useful instruments to prevent fraud like the “horsemeat scandal” and so it not seem so necessary.

The final report could be published at the end of October 2013. We are eager to read the final decision and its rationale.


EC intends to reduce food legislation – Tonio Borg calls for rationalization

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Tonio Borg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just few months ago, in one of my articles, I’ve talked about the concept of “simplification”.

In a world overwhelmed by inputs and information (…and by laws…) I think that this could be the key of the success in the business, as well as for defining an effective legislation.

In a recent news conference Health Commissioner Tonio Borg seems to share my thoughts.

Following the horse meat scandal (which he correctly defines as “not a question of food safety, but a deliberate fraudulent labelling to make economic gain”), he announces the intention to reduce the current food chain safety legislation to just five acts.

The new legislation in his intention would:

– increase the fines;
– increase the unannounced inspections;
– give to Commission more binding powers towards Member States, about testing under this legislation.

The origin labelling will not be including in this project, and it will be discussing independently.

The enforcement of this legislative package is estimated by the EC for the year 2016. You can find more information and a video at this EC webpage on “Smarter rules for safer food”, along with the links to:

– “Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on official controls”;

“Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on Animal Health”.