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Origin label for meat to be mandatory soon


Jul 26, 2023

Label of origin will be soon a reality for unpackaged pork, sheep, goat and poultry meat. The Federal Cabinet has approved a corresponding draft regulation by Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture Cem Özdemir.

From the beginning of 2024, consumers will be informed about the origin of every piece of fresh, chilled and frozen meat from these animals. Previously, this was only mandatory for prepackaged meat. Origin labeling was already mandatory for unpackaged beef. The ordinance comes into force six months after its promulgation in the Official Gazette of the Law.

Federal Minister Özdemir says: "When consumers buy meat, they want to know how the animal was kept and where it comes from. We have now made both possible and, in doing so, we are responding to a long-standing demand from farmers and consumers". To me, animal husbandry and origin labeling are siblings and go together. They are two important steps on our way to making animal husbandry in Germany fit for the future. They make the achievements of our livestock farmers reliably visible. In this way, customers can make a conscious purchase decision and actively opt for more animal welfare, regional added value and high environmental standards.

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