Food Bill thrown out at first hur­dle

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A TORY MP has lost an at­tempt to pass a Bill which would in­tro­duce com­pul­sory la­belling of ha­lal and kosher meat.

Ship­ley MP Philip Davies said he had no de­sire to stop such meat be­ing sold, but wanted to en­sure cus­tomers in the UK were fully in­formed about the prod­ucts they were buy­ing.

But Labour MP Sir Ger­ald Kaufman spoke out against the pro­posal and forced a vote in the Com­mons to halt it.

MPS voted to block the Food La­belling (Ha­lal and Kosher Meat) Bill 73 to 70 – a ma­jor­ity of three.

Mr Davies said it was es­ti­mated ha­lal meat made up around 25% of Bri­tish meat sales, adding: “My Bill is to help ev­ery­body.”

But Sir Ger­ald said the Bill was in­con­sis­tent, pick­ing out only the prac­tices of Mus­lims and Jews.

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