Industry News | December 19, 2002

Restaurants in France Must Post Origin of Beef

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The ongoing concern over the spread of mad cow disease provided the basis for the French government to enact new legislation which requires restaurants to clearly post the origin of beef sold in their stores.

According to Reuters, the law requires restaurants and burger stands to reveal the origins of cattle on menus, wall posters, or elsewhere.

The measure stems from fears over the spread of mad cow disease through beef from other countries. Until October, France had banned the import of British beef due to cases of mad cow in Britain. As a result of the lifting of the ban, Agriculture Minister Herve Gaymard promised a wary public that France would enact a measure to require restaurants to report where their beef came from.