Nearly a dozen EU counties have joined Ireland in protesting the European Commission’s decision to link meat consumption to cancer in their new 170 million euro food promotion.
ustria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal and Spain all highlight the potential negative impact of considering product eligibility in the policy EU advertising, which they say could lead to the exclusion of certain industries from support (eg meat and alcohol).
In a joint statement at a meeting of EU agriculture ministers last week, they stressed that the main objective of the EU’s promotion policy is to “ensure the competitiveness of all EU agricultural products”. “.
“Promotion policy can contribute to enhancing the sustainability of the EU food system, but mainly policy on agricultural competitiveness,” the member states said. further that EU policy should not exclude any sector.
It came about because the policy is linked to the Beat Cancer Plan, which encourages people to eat less red meat.
The Irish Independent last week revealed that Agriculture Secretary Charlie McConalogue accused the EU of “devilting” red and processed meat in a letter to EU Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski.
The language alluding to red meat and processed meat is inappropriate or disproportionate, as I am sure your own experts would agree, the minister said in the letter. “Red meat and processed meat products play an important role, in the right diet, as a source of protein, vitamins and minerals in a healthy, balanced diet and this is reflected in healthy eating guidelines in Ireland and I’m sure across the EU”, he added.
“Irish farmers and the food industry are producing safe, quality food with strong environmental credentials… I am disappointed that this unfortunate wording has undermined it. what should be a positive message about the EU’s commitment to promoting quality and safety, sustainability and healthy diets.”
https://www.independent.ie/business/farming/news/ten-member-states-join-ireland-in-rebuke-to-eu-commission-over-meat-cancer-risk-41396010.html Ten member states join Ireland in protesting EU commission on meat cancer risk