Food Bill thrown out at first hurdle
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.