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UK: Government meeting to consider labeling of meat to include slaughter method

Feb 2018

For past year the Government have indicated that they are willing to consider labeling of meat to include slaughter method and, as this is likely to cover religious methods.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare (APGAW) officers, Angela Smith MP, Rebecca Pow MP, Henry Smith MP and Lord Trees have contacted key stakeholders who wish to join a round table on method of production and slaughter labeling on Tuesday at the House of Commons.

The discussions at the meeting will be about:

Method of Production & Slaughter Labeling

  1. Method of Production Labeling

Clear method of production labels should be displayed on the front of packaging of all meat and dairy products. As per mandatory method of production labeling for eggs, intensive methods of production should be labelled in addition to the higher welfare options. Do you agree?

Dr. Phil Hadley – Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB)

Nick Allen – British Meat Processors Association

ffinlo Costo – FarmWel?Gudrun Ravetz – British Veterinary Association

David Bowles – RSPCA

  1. Method of Slaughter Labeling?

An EU-wide survey reported that 72% of consumers what to know the method of slaughter for the meat they eat. Therefore, method of slaughter labels should be displayed on the front of packaging of all meat and dairy productions. This would encompass all religious methods. Do you agree?

Dr. Phil Hadley – Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB)

Shimon Cohen – Shechita UK

Rizvan Khalid – EuroLambs Halal

ffinlo Costain – FarmWel?Gudrun Ravetz – British Veterinary Association

David Bowles – RSPCA

A further panel discussion will be held in March 2018 on Implementing Sentience Policy.

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