EU poultry imports from non-EU countries questioned
To address the problem of white meat imports into the
EU from non-EU countries as a matter of urgency, Irish political party Fine Gael
MEP Jim Higgins has called on the European Commission.
Higgins requests that the Commission introduces a comprehensive food
labelling regime that will clearly illustrate that a food product is of EU
Currently, white meats imported from outside the EU that have any kind of
processing of the product carried out by the importer are branded as EU produce.
"Recently I met with representatives of turkey growers in Co Monaghan who
are on the brink of extinction because of non-EU white meat imports," said
Higgins. "Their livelihoods are under imminent threat because of the
unrestricted importation of cheap white meat from non-EU states. Furthermore,
from a health and food safety point of view, a clear labelling policy is
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