49. The Committee, at its 24th Session, had agreed that the labelling provisions in the Standard for Quick Frozen Fish Sticks, Fish Portions and Fish Fillets - Breaded or in Batter should include the declaration of the proportion of fish core. The Proposed Draft Amendment was subsequently circulated for government comments at Step 3 of the Accelerated Procedure.
50. Many delegations and the Observer from Consumers International expressed the view that mandatory labelling of the proportion of the fish core would allow consumers to make an informed choice and facilitate fair competition between manufacturers, whereas the Delegations of the United States and Canada stated that the labelling could be left voluntary, as the composition of the product was already defined in the standard. The Delegation of Japan reserved its position on this question.
Status of the proposed Draft Amendment to the Labelling section of the Standard for Quick Frozen Fish Sticks, Fish Portions and Fish Fillets - Breaded or in Batter
51. The Committee agreed to advance the proposed draft amendment to Step 5 of the Accelerated Procedure (see Appendix II).