RABDF Calls for Accurate Cheese Labelling

UK - The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF) is calling for legislation to ensure retailers declare the full source of origin of cheese sold.
calendar icon 23 September 2009
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Cheese imports last year escalated to 408,000 tonnes, the equivalent of over four billion litres of liquid milk.

"We believe the only solution to removing the current loopholes in identification of cheese is for Government to change the rules that retailers use for labelling. We are therefore appealing to Government to introduce legislation that provides consumers with clear and accurate labelling reflecting the country of origin of cow’s milk right through to the processor and retailer," explains RABDF chairman, Lyndon Edwards.

"Consumers are currently presented with an array of misleading labelling on cheese. The only way of consumers knowing that cheese has been made with British milk produced to Assured Food Standards is to introduce both the Red Tractor and a Union Jack to the packaging."

By introducing labelling to cheese which provides accurate information, RABDF are hoping to encourage increased sales of British cheese and in turn strengthen the market for British milk.

"We need consumers to wholeheartedly support the campaign and ask retailers where exactly their cheese is sourced from,” said Mr Edwards.

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