Trade body plays down ‘row’ on bacon smoking

The Provision Trade Federation (PTF) has played down the alleged row between UK bacon producers and Europe over bacon smoking.

Recent media reports have highlighted a European Commission (EC) proposal for new labelling guidance, which would stop the term ‘natural’ from being used for products traditionally smoked, as a controversial issue for bacon producers.

However PTF director general Clare Cheney told meatinfo.co.uk that the proposal was “academic” since the federation “doesn’t know of any product that is currently labelled as naturally smoked”.

The proposal contradicts the Food Standards Agency (FSA), which allows traditionally smoked bacon to be labelled as natural, but Cheney said it wasn’t a current issue.

However, she added that the issue was something to look at going forward, in case someone wanted to label their products as naturally smoked in the future. “The Commission is becoming more and more difficult for the food industry, and we will look at asking them to change this guidance.”

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