VEGA reponds to the consultation on revision of Food Standards Agency food labelling guidance on country of origin.
VEGA's response to the consultation on revision of Food Standards Agency food labelling guidance on country of origin is below:
We note in your guidance that:
“14. If the place of origin of the food (according to the principle of last substantial change) is not the same as the place of origin of its primary ingredients, it may be necessary to provide information on the origin of those ingredients.”
“28. It is clear that many consumers want more information on the origin of meat ingredients in meat products, and in research the ingredients in dairy produce also score highly.”
Livestock, including cattle, pigs, poultry and fish, is often reared using substantial quantities of imported feed (eg grain, soya, fishmeal). Many consumers will have an interest in the provenance of the feed, not just with regard to quality but also the environmental impacts.
We would therefore suggest that in future you give consideration to labelling that indicates whether a substantial proportion of feed has been imported. For instance, beef or milk labelled as ‘British’ should indicate that feed has been imported when the animals have not been raised on a majority of British produced feed.