New European food labelling rules have been branded "a complete dog's breakfast which mislead consumers" by UKIP Agriculture spokesman Stuart Agnew MEP
Mr Agnew said that the rules had been rushed through on the basis of insufficient information, and would lead to greater confusion over where food had come from. He said that even the MEP responsible for the report thought it was ill advised.
"UKIP voted against the Sommer Report
in the European Parliament because it is a sloppily-drafted dogs dinner which does not clearly support country of origin labelling for simple foods like meats and eggs," said Mr Agnew.
"UKIP policy is to support country of origin labelling to help producers selling their goods and for consumers to know with certainty where their food is coming from.
"We have rejected the report because it fails to defend the interests of farmers and consumers, while allowing large retailers to confuse the consumer."