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PM Interrogated Over Welfare Standards

by 5m Editor
20 January 2009, at 7:13am

UK - Richard Bacon (Lab), a long-term supporter of the pig industry posed a question to Gordon Brown pointing out 70 per cent of imported pork is reared to unacceptable welfare standards.

Mr Bacon said given the environment secretary’s remarks last week asking for clearer labelling, does the PM agree that compulsory country of origin labelling should be put in place in order to ensure a fair deal for British farmers and consumers?

Gordon Brown’s reply was – "We are in active discussion with farmers and supermarkets around an agreed set of voluntary criteria to support farmers. UK sets the standard but all EU member states must be compliant to new Europe wide regulations and we will insist standards be met."