AUSTRIA, Vienna. Katharina Koßdorff, Managing Director of the Association of the Food Industry, comments on the plan of labelling processed foods.
The Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism intends to introduce a mandatory national indication of origin for processed foods (meat products, milk, egg products, processed products and dairy products). This planned regulation goes far beyond the EU food legislation already in force and applies only to domestic manufacturers. The industry is against this discrimination of Austrian companies by the government project.
She specifies: "The safety of food and its origin must not be mixed up in the Austrian debate. That would be untrustworthy, because ne has nothing to do with the other. A nationally compulsory labelling of processed food does not create more safety; it cannot compensate for careful and lawful production in one's own country and in other countries. Every food must be safe, no matter where it comes from. Consumers rightly expect this."