During a debate in the European Parliament in Strasbourg today on food labelling, Liam Aylward, MEP and Member of the European Parliament Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development insisted that it is essential that consumers know where their food is coming from and have access to food information in a clear manner.
“Irish and European farmers produce foods to the highest health and safety standards and in full compliance with strict environmental and animal welfare legislation.  Country of origin labelling on all EU products and imports will allow consumers to make informed choices about the fresh meat and produce they purchase.”
The Ireland East MEP continued:
“Currently, the indication of the country of origin is compulsory for fresh beef, fruits and vegetables, honey, olive oil and where there is failure to indicate country of origin consumers are often misled.  I welcome the extension of mandatory country of origin labelling to fresh meat from pigs, sheep and poultry as this is in the best interest of the consumers who have the right to know where the food they are purchasing is coming from.”