EU mulls animal welfare labelling on meat products

Agriculture Ministers from across the EU voice support for European animal welfare label at informal meeting.


by Global Ag Media

via The Pig Site - 5 September 2020


EU agriculture ministers backed Federal Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner’s initiative. Lessons from the coronavirus crisis, animal transports and product provenance were also discussed at the Informal Meeting of EU Agriculture Ministers in Koblenz.


At the invitation of Julia Klöckner, Germany's Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, European agriculture ministers gathered on 1 September in Koblenz for an informal meeting. The focus was on lessons from the coronavirus pandemic, the regionality of production and, above all, animal welfare. The Federal Minister’s initiative to forge ahead with a harmonised, EU-wide animal welfare label received general support.


Minister Julia Klöckner said:


Today's discussion represented an important step towards greater animal welfare in Europe. Harmonised higher standards, that are credible and transparent for consumers, are crucial in the single market.


The minister went on to say that there was also a need to reach a consensus in the EU on how far animals should be able to be transported and under what conditions. She said it must be ensured that the animals receive proper care when transported.


    If this is not the case, it must be clear that the animals may then not be loaded in the first place. Animal welfare must have priority.

    Julia Klöckner


During the meeting, the ministers also discussed lessons from the coronavirus pandemic, to sustainably strengthen European supply chains and deepen appreciation for European agricultural production in the long term, making food and agricultural sectors even more resilient to crises.


The EU Commission was tasked with carrying out a structured analysis of this matter: What were the weak points, where were the greatest deficits, and what solutions are there? Attention is focused on the role that can be played by research and innovation and, in particular, by novel breeding techniques.


Minister Julia Klöckner said: