Better labelling needed in foodservice

Meat bosses are calling on caterers to be clear on the origin of their meat, following a BBC investigation which claimed foreign meat was being passed off as British.

EBLEX said the news was disappointing and pointed to an NOP survey, commissioned by the sector body last year, which showed 60% of those questioned believed restaurants should provide written information on the country of origin of the meat they serve.

European Beef Labelling Regulations dictate that all beef should be labelled with its origin when supplied to catering establishments and EBLEX is confident reputable catering butchers provide correct information.

Where it can be shown that the information is false, action should be taken by Trading Standards authorities.

EBLEX chief executive, Richard Lowe, said: "We encourage all caterers to provide information to consumers about where their meat comes from and when it can be shown that false information has been given, Trading Standards must take action."

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