Monday, February 16, 2015

Europe moves towards COOL for meats

The European Commission is set to create legislation now that the European Parliament last week voted to establish country-of-origin labelling (COOL) for processed meat products.

Europe already has a mandatory COOL legislation for fresh meat products.

Origin labels for beef were made mandatory in 2012 in response to the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) crisis.

On Feb. 11, the parliament voted to create legislation requiring the disclosure of the county of origin on all processed meats. Up to half of all the meat produced in Europe is further-processed.

More than 90 percent of consumers consider country-of-origin labeling important, the parliament stated in its resolution on the issue.

In a 2013 report, the commission estimated that COOL requirements could increase prices further processors would need to pay for meat inputs by up to 25 percent.