Restaurants, canteens, company canteens… All meat served in France will have its origin mentioned from March 1.
This measure concerns both commercial catering and collective catering (hospitals, schools, etc.).
In detail, the packaging must state the country of breeding and slaughter. It will also specify whether it is fresh, frozen or deep-frozen meat, indicates a decree published on January 27 in the Official Journal and consulted by franceinfo.
Beef had already been subject to this obligation since 2002, because of the mad cow crisis. Poultry, pork, lamb or mutton will now be affected.
“I am convinced that this labeling obligation will get things moving,” assured the Minister of Agriculture, Julien Denormandie, in August 2021. “When the chicken breast is displayed as Brazilian or Ukrainian, that will get things moving. behaviours.”
Half of the meat consumed in school canteens is imported, according to the Ministry of Agriculture. 60% of meat in collective catering is in this case.