The European Union has reached a deal on new EU-wide country of origin labeling for poultry, pork and other meat as well as nutrition labeling for other food.

Country of origin labeling will go into force within two years of the rules going into effect. Currently, the European Commission is working on specifying how to deal with animals born, raised or slaughtered in more than one country. By 2013, a decision will be made on whether to include processed meat products in the new labeling system.


Nutrition labeling must show foods' energy, salt, sugar, protein, carbohydrate, fat and saturated fat content, and will go into effect within five years.

The deal must still be formally approved by governments and the full parliament before becoming law.