Whole Chain Study on Iberian Ham Labelling29 November 2012
SPAIN - A new study is looking at compliance over labelling of Iberian ham throughout the production chain.
The Spanish association of Iberian pig breeders (La Asociación Española de Criadores de Ganado Porcino Selecto Ibérico Puro y Tronco Ibérico; AECERIBER) plans to conduct a comprehensive study of the labelling of hams and covered by the Quality Standard (RD 1469/2007) at the points of sale.
FEAGAS, the Spanish association of livestock breeders, says that the study is expected to highlight repeated failures to correctly inform the consumer through tracing and labelling.
The Iberian sector has, for months, been locked in a bitter dispute resulting from the introduction of the latest changes to the Quality Standards. FEAGAS says it is well aware of the impact that these changes may have on the future of the industry but certainly no improvement can be expected as long as the labelling is incorrect or incomplete.
FEAGAS says it will make a report for the competent authorities, requesting that appropriate action be taken.
It adds that, clearly, any failure of compliance is crucial at the most apparent at the most important moment of the entire chain - at the consumers.
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