Brussels – The European Parliament in Brussels voted through an amendment to a new European Union food-labeling bill that would require animals not stunned before being slaughtered to be labeled on food packaging.
The Environmental and Consumer Affairs Committee of the European Parliament voted through the amendment necessitating kosher meat to be labeled “unstunned before slaughter.”
The amendment was carried by a slim majority of 34 to 28.
Following intensive lobbying by community campaign group Shechita UK, many of the main groups in the parliament allowed a free vote – but the amendment was carried on the back of Socialist bloc votes, led by the group’s UK Labor Party MEPs.
The regulation on the provision of food information to consumers will now be voted on by the entire parliament at the second reading in July.
“The fight to stop this amendment is far from over,” said Shechita UK’s chairman, Henry Grunwald. “In recent months we have highlighted to a number of MEPs that this amendment does nothing to improve animal welfare, fails to fully inform consumers and is clearly discriminatory by design – and most have now chosen to reject it.
The fact that the vote took place on Tuesday, the first day of Pessah, was not missed by the Rabbinical Centre of Europe (RCE), who called the timing “problematic and a source of inspiration” to overcome the legislation.
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