First European test for the coalition government’s programme

MEPs will be voting next week in Strasbourg on a new legislative proposal which would see mandatory country of origin labelling on much of the food we eat, including meat, poultry, fish and dairy products, as well as fresh fruit and vegetables. My amendment to do this was already accepted by the EP’s environment committee in March and now there will be a full vote of all MEPs next Wednesday.

The Conservatives supported this in March but rumours are now afoot that they will withdraw their support. This would surely fly in the face of their coalition deal with the Lib Dems, which on page 13 specifies “We will introduce honesty in food labelling so that consumers can be confident about where their food comes from and its environmental impact”. Well, this must be done through European legislation and their one chance to do this is in the vote next week….

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