Britain's retailers and food manufacturers are to host a meeting of European policy makers to discuss a forthcoming shake-up of food labelling law.

The meeting on 17 July comes ahead of a comprehensive review of European food labelling legislation, which is expected to take place at the end of this year.

The European Commission has announced that the review will look at a range of issues, including animal welfare labelling, country of origin labelling, labelling of loose foods and alcohol ­labelling.

The outcome could have a major impact on retailers and manufacturers and lead to significant changes to how products are packaged and displayed.

Tuesday's event, hosted by Irish MEP Avril Doyle, is organised by the BRC and the FDF.

Members will also display and explain examples of existing labels and provide mock-ups of how the labels would look if proposed changes to legislation were adopted.

BRC head of food policy Andrew Opie said: "Britain's retailers and manufacturers have the clearest and most advanced food labelling systems in Europe.

"They share the Commission's interest in food labelling issues and welcome the review of food labelling legislation. We hope our extensive expertise in this area will help European officials and MEPs make informed and practical decisions on food labelling."