Regulations / School canteens, restaurants: the origin of all meat served must be indicated from March 1st!

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The obligation to label the origin of meat served in out-of-home catering will become mandatory on 1er next March in accordance with a decree of January 27. This provision is the result of a long procedure, in particular legislative, initiated by the States General on Food conducted in 2017.

From the States General of 2017 and the parliamentary work that followed within the framework of the Egalim law of 2018, the subject of the origin of meat in out-of-home catering had emerged. In 2019, the Government therefore initiated consultation with agricultural and catering professionals and consumer associations on a draft decree aimed at making labeling of the origin of meat served in out-of-home catering compulsory in order to strengthen the information available to consumers.

Thus, from March 1, 2022, the origin of the meat (pork, poultry, lamb, mutton) served in all out-of-home catering (canteens, restaurants, company restaurants) must be indicated, as is the case for beef since 2002. The labeling of the origin of meat must mention the country of breeding and the country of slaughter, whether it concerns fresh, chilled, frozen or deep-frozen meat.

This new obligation responds to strong consumer expectations for transparency and traceability on the origin of the products they consume. 

If information on the origin of meat was already issued to consumers in supermarkets and butchers, only that on the origin of beef was until then mandatory in out-of-home catering. This new regulation makes it possible to extend the information to pork, sheep and poultry meat.

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