Poultry labelling plans discarded
In an effort to create higher EU standards, a labelling
scheme was planned. However, due to member countries' opposition, the plans have
The poultry labelling plan had been put forward as an aid for farmers to
make new battery hen welfare proposals more acceptable. However, the plan has
been dropped and the animal welfare plan has moved from a call for a firm
proposal from the European Commission to a call for a report.
Member countries would apparently prefer a more ambitious plan covering all
commodities, based on an EU label to be used on organic food.
It has been reported that farmers will likely be suspicious that their
lobbying for consumers to have more information have been countered by
supermarket and food processor opposition to any moves that curb their ability
to source globally without consumers realising this is happening.
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