18.06.2010 European Parliament votes for better food labelling
The European Parliament voted for a better system of food labelling on June, 16. Plaid MEP Jill Evans has campaigned for clearer labelling to make it easier for consumers to understand which products are high in fat, sugar, salt and calories.
Jill Evans said:
"I have long campaigned for clear food labelling so we can be sure the products we buy are exactly what it says on the pack. For example, people wanting to buy Welsh meat must be sure that the produce really is Welsh. We voted today for labelling meat with it’s ‘country of origin’ - meaning the country of birth, rearing and slaughter – so consumers can be sure its Welsh. This is very important too, to farmers and the meat industry in Wales.”
"People in Wales are bombarded with food adverts that can lead to confusion and poor eating choices. It is vital that consumers are given simple information about the food they buy. This is not just a matter of consumers' rights, but it also important to health. In Wales 57% of adults and 33% of children are estimated to be overweight or obese, with obesity being one of the top preventable deaths in Wales.”
"I was disappointed that the “traffic light” system, which is the most effective way to label food was rejected. I had many letters from constituents in Wales on this, and I will continue to campaign for our right to use "traffic light" labels in Wales."
1. The 'traffic light' system uses green, amber and red symbols to indicate the relative quantities of carbohydrates, fats, sugars and salt found in a food product.
2. The labelling of foods containing eggs and egg products from battery hens was also rejected.