Fake ham under criticism

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Monday, August 10, 2009

The discussion about substitute cheese and fake ham is intensifying. Germany, Austria and Luxembourg are demanding mandatory labelling of such products at EU level.

These countries believe that the regulation on consumer information on food currently being drawn up would be a suitable framework for such legislation. This has emerged from a document which German Food Minister Ilse Aigner and her opposite numbers sent to Brussels. In it, the politicians underlined the importance of accurate labelling of food for consumers. They are demanding appropriate labelling for fake ham which in some cases only contains 50 to 80 percent meat and increased amounts of water, starch, gelling and thickening agents, proteins and additives. These products are often misleadingly labelled "ham", for example.
No statement was forthcoming at the end of last week from the Directorate-General for Health and Consumer Protection in Brussels on whether any attempt would be made to act on these proposals or whether the draft regulation on food labelling could be adapted to include such measures.