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on March 2, 2011

EU Commission to review poultry water content levels

Excess water could lead to higher prices on consumer end

The European Union Commission has announced its intent to review the water content levels in poultry meat to ensure that consumers are being properly charged for product.

The presence of some water in frozen poultry meat is accepted — the exact amount allowed is regulated by the EU. According to Mairead McGuinness, Ireland East Fine Gael MEP, poultry meats are often priced according to weight, and excess water could lead to higher prices for consumers. The review, she said, is important to ensure that the poultry industry is being fairly represented and consumer information is updated.

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