Proposals to implement a new food labelling scheme to empower consumers to support British farmers and improve animal welfare standards have been welcomed by Island MP Bob Seely.
The Government has launched a new Call for Evidence giving the public the opportunity to shape the potential new system, so it is simple, cost-effective for businesses and supports the environment.
All evidence will be used to inform any future policy proposals on labelling for animal welfare and will also feed into a wider review of food labelling to inform the UK Government’s Food Strategy White Paper.
Environment Secretary George Eustice said: “British farmers produce food to an exceptionally high standard of animal welfare, and consumers have come to expect nothing less.
“Now that we have left the EU, we have an opportunity to look at food labelling – and whether the information that we give to shoppers helps them make informed choices.
“This call for evidence is a first step in ensuring that we fully meet consumers’ needs and fly the flag for the high standards for which our farmers are renowned.”
Mr Seely said: “I am pleased to see the Government supporting British farmers and giving greater consideration to animal welfare standards.
“I welcome moves to provide consumers with more information about where their food has come from and allow people to make more informed choices about the food they eat.
“I encourage Isle of Wight farmers, and others with an interest in this industry, to respond to the Government’s call for evidence.
“I will always support schemes that encourage people to buy local and buy British.”
The labelling for animal welfare Call for Evidence will be open for 12 weeks.