Parliament divided over meat labels

Most of the parties in the European Parliament want to see stricter labeling of the meat used in ready meals, but the implementation costs remain uncertain. EurActiv France reports. 

MEPs debated reforms to European food disclosure standards on Monday, to address the fact that ready-made meals like lasagnas, pizzas or moussaka often do not specify the origins of the meat they contain. While fresh meat is easily traceable, the same is not always true of processed meat, which accounts for between 30% and 50% of EU consumption.

The European Parliament Environment Committee voted in favour of reforming food labeling in January this year, but the issue failed to find consensus at the Strasbourg plenary. The largest group in Parliament, the European People's Party, dismissed the debate as "absurd".

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