PARIS Feb 23 French President Francois Hollande
called for compulsory labelling and traceability of meat used in
processed foods in Europe to prevent a repeat of the horsemeat
French and German agriculture ministers said on Friday they
agreed on the need for origin labelling and would try to find a
deal on meat traceability at a meeting of European farm
ministers in Brussels on Monday.
"There needs to be traceability, that is what I want from
talks on a European level," Hollande said on Saturday.
"We need compulsory labelling on meats that will be used in
processed foods," Hollande said at the start of the annual
agriculture fair in Paris.
He added that while waiting for European legislation, France
would encourage voluntary initiatives to improve labelling.
The EU wants to put regulation in place to avoid a repeat of
a scandal that burst after horsemeat was found instead of beef
in products around the bloc.
The scandal, which has triggered recalls of ready meals and
damaged confidence in Europe's vast food industry, erupted last
month when tests carried out in Ireland revealed that some beef
products contained horsemeat.
(Reporting by Sybille de la Hamaide, writing by Geert De
Clercq; Editing by Nick Macfie)