|June 28, 2004,
as reported by just-food.com: Made-in-the-EU
will not be a beef labeling option for European producers.
Despite the European Commission’s backing of the
more encompassing labeling system, member agricultural
ministers voted to retain their individual country labels.
Ministers did agree to harmonize the voluntary labeling
specifications and simplifying EU rules on beef batches.
Ministers also said beef origin labeling rules should
not yet be extended EU-wide to restaurants, but that
member states could impose such rules nationally.
The ministers also voted and rejected proposals to
allow the supply of meat from more than one Member State
to minced meat production plants.