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EU: Labelling 'Meat from slaughter without stunning'

European Parliament: Labelling 'Meat from slaughter without stunning'

Text adopted in Plenary/Strasbourg on 16 June 2010

'Meat from slaughter without stunning'

EU legislation permits animals to be slaughtered without prior stunning to provide food for certain religious communities.

A proportion of this meat is not sold to Muslims or Jews but is placed on the general market and can be unwittingly purchased by consumers who do not wish to buy meat derived from animals that have not been stunned. At the same time, however, adherents of certain religions specifically seek meat from animals which have been ritually slaughtered.

Accordingly, consumers should be informed that certain meat is derived from animals which have not been stunned. This will enable them to make an informed choice in accordance with their ethical concerns.

Source: 'Meat from slaughter without stunning'


Better late than never: The European Parliament accepts terms 'vegetarian' and 'vegan'

Texts adopted in the Plenary Session 16 June 2010/Strasbourg:

" The term ‘vegetarian’ should not be applied to foods that are, or are made from or with the aid of products derived from animals that have died, have been slaughtered, or animals that die as a result of being eaten. The term ‘vegan’ should not be applied to foods that are, or are made from or with the aid of, animals or animal products (including products from living animals). "

Source: EP - Texts adopted
Link: REPORT on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the provision of food information to consumers/Amendment 175 Proposal for a regulation Article 35 – paragraph 6 a (new)
Link: The European Parliament Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety is considering a proposal for a regulation on ‘Food Information to Consumers’.



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