The Rabbinical Centre of Europe (RCE) issued a statement Wednesday expressing satisfaction that a proposed European Unions food labeling laws had been put aside by the European Council of Ministers the previous day.
"It is vitally important that the ministers sent a clear message that this amendment is problematic and discriminatory," Rabbi Arye Goldberg, Deputy Director of the RCE said. He continued, "However, the battle is not won, the new draft will return to the European Parliament for a second reading in 2011. And we must be vigilant to prevent this amendment from eventually passing."
In June 2010, the European Parliament voted in support of Amendment 205, which called for all meat products that undergo Jewish ritual slaughter to be labeled meat from slaughter without stunning.
According to the RCE, the labeling law would have been a major blow for European Jewry if it had passed.