Beef labelling

Beef labelling is a European Community (EC) wide requirement, which is intended to provide buyers with clear, reliable information about beef on sale.

Labelling and the traceability of beef

A key requirement of the system is that it should enable beef on sale to be traced back to where it originated. Agri-food Inspection Branch (AfIB) implements this legislation.

The link directly below leads to a quick guide to beef labelling and an information booklet which provide more information. The information in the booklet, accessed from the first link, is due to be updated. In the meantime please disregard all mentions of the Voluntary Beef Labelling Scheme in the booklet as this scheme closed in December 2014.    

Any queries relating to voluntary or additional labelling of beef should be directed to your local Environmental Health officer or the Food Standards Agency for Northern Ireland.

Any queries relating to voluntary or additional labelling of beef should be directed to your local Environmental Health Officer or the Food Standards Agency Northern Ireland email:  infofsani@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk

DAERA AfIB Meat Inspectorate contacts

Head of Meat Inspectorate

Finton McCann
Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs
Agri-food Inspection Branch
Room 1025
Dundonald House
Upper Newtownards Road
Belfast
BT4 3SB

Tel: 028 9052 4095
E-mail: fintan.mccann@daera-ni.gov.uk

John Martin
Crown Buildings
36 Thomas Street
Dungannon
County Tyrone
BT70 1HR

Tel: 028 8775 4809
E-mail: john.martin@daera-ni.gov.uk

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