David Cameron urges EU to ditch red tape proposed following horse meat scandal

David Cameron

Prime Minister claims rules have “throttled” businesses and has organised a meeting between task force members and those sympathetic to his plans

From: The Mirror
By: James Lyons

David CameronDavid Cameron will urge EU leaders to ditch tough new food labelling rules proposed in the wake of the horse meat scandal.

The PM is pushing a plan to cut “red tape” – including proposals forcing food firms to mark where animals have been slaughtered – at a summit in Brussels.

At Prime Minister’s Questions, he claimed to be tackling red tape that “throttled” businesses.

“I have organised a meeting for our businesses to explain their proposals for cutting red tape to fellow European leaders from Finland, Italy, Germany and elsewhere,” he said.

The plan drawn up by UK business leaders sparked anger over proposals to scrap protection for workers at small firms when it was published last week.

Demands to axe new EU rules that would force food giants to clearly mark where animals have been slaughtered along with welfare regulations are also buried in the task force’s report.

Mr Cameron has sent copies to fellow European leaders ahead of the two-day gathering and will urge them to adopt the recommendations over dinner in Brussels.

And he will host a meeting between two of the task force members and a handful of those sympathetic to his plans including Germany’s Angela Merkel.

But Shadow Environment Secretary Maria Eagle said: “David Cameron has learnt nothing from the horsemeat scandal if he thinks it’s a good idea to cave into pressure to axe food labelling and animal health rules.

“Consumers rightly want to know what they are eating, where it has come from and that animals have been subject to strict health, welfare and feeding rules.

“That’s not red tape, it’s plain common sense which David Cameron sadly appears to be lacking.”

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Shirley Mix

    I hope everyone who eats horse meat get sick.

    October 24, 2013
  • Penny Zielstorf

    Another One Stuck On Stupid Just A Matter Of Time And People Are Going To Be ShowingThe Side Effects Of This Horrible Act…

    October 24, 2013
  • barbara ries

    Detection of Adulteration and Identification of Cat’s, Dog’s, Donkey’s and Horse’s Meat Using Species-Specific testing should be done in all counties

    October 25, 2013
  • Sue

    Large Corporations are running the world!

    October 25, 2013
  • Arlene

    I can only imagine my Horror if I would have unknowingly have eaten horsemeat !!!!! This should never ever have happened !!!!!

    October 25, 2013
  • Daniel Cordero

    Not surprising… I see the hand of Goodman (the multimillinaire owner of ABP or whatever it is called) here. Looks like mixing shit with beef is a quite a profitable business.

    October 25, 2013
  • Nancy Albin

    Yes if we can’t stop blm & gov from slaughtering our American we will take there business away from them hahahahahahahahahahah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 26, 2013
  • Nancy Albin


    October 26, 2013
  • Nancy Albin

    If no one wants to eat them then f U

    October 26, 2013