Food businesses, including supermarkets and processors, should do more voluntarily to improve country of origin labelling on food products such as meat and dairy, food minister Jim Paice said today.

Food businesses, including supermarkets and processors, should do more voluntarily to improve country of origin labelling on food products such as meat and dairy, food minister Jim Paice said today.
 
But is it a Melton Mowbray pork pie?On a visit to Melton Mowbray (home of one of Britains most iconic protected foods, the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie) Mr Paice said he wanted to see improved country of origin labelling, particularly for meat and dairy products.
 
He explained: “It is a priority for the Government to ensure that food labelling is as clear as it could be. I’m therefore calling on the industry to work with us to ensure that people can be confident about the origin of the products they buy.”
 
Jim Paice MP, minister of state for agriculture and foodMr Paice said he had written to “food industry leaders” to emphasise the need for clarity and transparency for consumers who want to make a choice based on the origin of their food – particularly if they believe they’re “buying British”.
 
“Where our food comes from is increasingly important to us,” he said. “Improving labelling for consumers to make it clear where their food comes from is a key objective in developing a voluntary agreement with the industry.
 
According to the minister, a “good practice code” already exists within the pig meat industry, with many major companies committed to minimum standards on origin labelling, product definitions (eg free range) and breed names on labels.
 
He concluded: “The EU is considering new rules on origin labelling. While DEFRA would prefer industry to respond voluntarily to consumer demands for better origin labelling, DEFRA will also be pressing for the option of compulsion to kept open.”

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