With the horsemeat scandal in full swing, “France, Germany and Austria want more effective food traceability," reports the daily.

In the run-up to a meeting of agriculture ministers in Brussels on Monday, Austrian Agriculture Minister Nikolaus Berlakovich called for “food passports”, which would provide transparent information on the origins and ingredients of ready meals prepared in the EU.

Berlakovich is planning to join forces with his German, French and British colleagues to overcome any resistance on the European level. The main opposition will likely come from industrial interests, which are “concerned about more bureaucracy.”