Derek Vaughan MEP has challenged UKIP to explain their stance on meat labelling after they voted against ‘country of origin labelling’ for meat in processed food, despite including the policy in their election pledge published last month.
Mr Vaughan said: "Labour MEPs voted in support of stronger traceability requirements for meat in burgers, ready-made meals and sandwiches.
"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, this would mean that it was made with British beef.
"Most UKIP MEPs voted for an amendment to delete our call for ‘country of origin labelling’ to be mandatory, fortunately this was rejected.
"Country of origin labelling will 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 have 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’ for all meat in processed food."