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Bid to have welfare labelling on beef in UK supermarkets
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Bid to have welfare labelling on beef in UK supermarkets

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The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is calling for mandatory method of production food labelling on all dairy and beef produce in the UK.
The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is calling for mandatory method of production food labelling on all dairy and beef produce in the UK.

While the proposed labelling would add administrative constraints, it could mean that in a post-Brexit market, Irish beef could maintain a good point of attraction if it complies with the potential new requirements.

Irish beef relies largely on the UK market, with over 54% of its exports to Britain in 2015.

The BVA wants this labelling to be underpinned with strong welfare outcome safeguards and on-farm welfare assessments, which ensure that high standards are being achieved.

President of BVA Sean Wensley said: “For vets, it’s a top priority that the animals we rear for food have a good life and a humane death. Research shows that vets are not alone in caring about where the food comes from.”

“Mandatory method of production labelling makes sense on a number of fronts: consumers can be clearly and consistently informed about how the animals reared for their meat and dairy products were kept, with on-farm welfare assessments assuring high standards,” he added.

Mandatory method of production labelling already exists across the EU for shell eggs, which must legally state whether they are organic, free-range, barn or from caged hens.

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