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Close-up on the meat we eat: Consumers want honest labels

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Date added to library 10 December 2015
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Between April 2014 and August 2015, BEUC member organisations tested several types of  meat-based foods to check their labels, ingredients, and for the presence of undeclared or illegal food additives. Results showed a large number of discrepancies – and in some cases vast differences – between what the labels said and what the products were actually made of. The ambiguous, inaccurate, and even misleading labels identified in their members’ tests reveal the need for stricter enforcement of EU legislation to ensure that food information is clear and trustworthy. For example "In Portugal, 23 out of 26 fresh minced beef samples contained sulphites, a food additive forbidden in fresh meat that can cause severe allergic reactions" 
This report summarises key findings from members’ tests and outlines BEUC’s policy  recommendations for honest meat labels.  The report also includes Annexes detailing the BEUC members’  test results.