The European Parliament has supported the European Commission in its plans to force the animal feed industry to provide full ingredient information on feed labels, a move likely to be welcomed by some in the UK food sector as an aid to quality and safety assurance in the meat supply chain. The Commission has tabled proposals for compulsory identification of feed contents but MEPs, incensed by the BSE, dioxin and sewage in feed scandals, voted for regulation more rigorous than proposed by the Commission or required by existing legislation. Feed ingredient identification is a sensitive issue in the UK, partly because cattle producers claim the BSE epidemic could have been contained earlier if their demands for full labelling had been heeded by the authorities decades ago, preventing the unintended use of cattle feed containing meat and bone meal. The pressure for labelling is also linked to demands for legal restrictions on ingredients. For instance, the British pig industry claims this country's unilateral ban on meat and bone meal is an unfair cost penalty when competitiors on the continent are still allowed to use the meal, while some importers criticise the UK industry's use of antibiotic growth promoters. {{MEAT }}