Beef labelling also for meat from third countries

Beef from non-EU-memberstates (so called third countries) which is sold in the EU, has to be labelled acc. to Art. 13, Reg (EG) 1760/2000. There is only one examption: If not all information  (Art. 13) is available, the beef has to be labelled liks this: "Origin: Non-EU, slaughtered in xxx" (Art. 15, Reg. (EG) 1760/2000).

Meanwhile, most countries have efficientl cattle identification (e.g. eartags), so the origin of the cattle is clear. Nevertheless there are still lots of labels with "Origin: Non-EU". Sometimes there is the following explaination on the label: "the meat derives from cattle born, fattened, slaughtered and deboned in xxx". This is a complete origin-information according to Art. 13 of Reg. (EG) 1760/2000. Maybe the "Non-EU" should explain, that a special country is not a memberstate of the EU?

The third country beef has also to fulfill the EU-rules for voluntary indications conc. ARt. 15 a, Reg (EC) 1760/2000. Each voluntary information (e.g. breed, category (sex), housing- or feeding conditions) has to clear, traceable and not confusing or missleading for the consumer. Beef that is imported to the EU under the conditions of Reg. (EC) 593/2013 ("Hilton-Quota"), can be labelled with the following indications: "High Quality", "Quality", "High Quality meat", "Special beef cuts". For this, the Regulations' requirements for these indications have to be met.

You can find approval numbers  of non-EU-Memberstates here.