David Martin MEP

Labour Member of the European Parliament and one of the six MEPs representing Scotland in Brussels and Strasbourg

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Scotland’s senior MEP votes for mandatory country of origin labelling for meat in processed food

David Martin, Scotland’s senior European MP (MEP), today voted for mandatory country of origin labelling for all meat in processed food, backing stronger traceability requirements for meat in burgers, ready meals and sandwiches.

Mr Martin, spokesperson for the Socialist and Democrat Group on international trade, said:

"We now have country of origin labelling for fresh meat but MEPs have always been clear that the same rules should apply to meat in processed food.

"Ninety per cent of consumers want this information, which will allow them to make more informed decisions about the food they buy. This is about clear, honest labelling that doesn't mislead consumers. If a beef lasagne is labelled as a British product, then this should mean that it was made with British beef.

"Country of origin labelling will also help to restore trust in the food industry, which was badly damaged following the horsemeat scandal. Labour MEPs believe consumers have a right to know where their meat comes from and we've been calling for this for several years.

"I hope the European Commission will now listen to MEPs and consumers and extend mandatory country of origin labelling to all meat in processed food."

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