Brussels look at one label for veal

The European Commission has proposed a common European Union labelling system for veal with enough flexibility to accommodate national traditions.

Brussels wants a cap of 12 months for the age of calves whose meat is sold as 'veal' in a local language. It also wants a distincton on labels between meat from livestock aged above or below eight months, although descriptions would vary from country to country.

For instance, in France, younger calf meat would be sold as 'veaux' , while the older category would be 'jeanes bovines', for Britian and Ireland meat from claves slaughtered over eight months would be sold as beef.

The Commission also wants labels to note feeding practices - whether calves are milk or cereal fed, as they are in Netherlands, Denmark and Spain.

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