||<p>The government believes in improving transparency for the consumer where practical.
Within the EU, the UK argued for the extension of Country of Origin Labelling on fresh
meats to include pork, poultry, lamb and goat meat which has applied since April 2015.
There has been a requirement for Country of Origin labelling on beef since 2000. The
UK has also supported Country of Origin Labelling for lightly processed dairy products
such as butter and cheese and for lightly processed meat products such as bacon where
this does not place unnecessary costs on businesses. We have also supported comprehensive
voluntarily schemes, complementing the mandatory rules, covering many processed meat
and dairy products. However, leaving the EU gives us an opportunity to consider the
scope for further changes to the law in this area.</p><p> </p>