Stevenson: Only one seafood eco-label needed
Scottish MEP Struan Stevenson is calling on the European Union to strengthen its standards for seafood eco-labeling.
At a European Commission conference on Wednesday, Stevenson will present the finding of his new report, “Shaping the Future of the Common Fisheries Policy.” In addition to urging the EU to establish higher standards for seafood eco-labeling, Stevenson is calling on industry to do away with all of the “confusing” seafood eco-labels that already exist.
“I have come to the conclusion that providing consumers with clear, easily understood information on fisheries and aquaculture products is absolutely essential. We must sweep away the many differing and confusing eco-labels that have emerged over the years, all making competing claims about the sustainability ... and eco-friendliness,” said Stevenson.
“The on-going program of CFP (Common Fisheries Policy) reform is a great opportunity to ensure that in the future eco-labelling contributes fully to sustainability in a meaningful way for industry and consumers alike,” he added.