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Europe is "awash" with cheap pork produced illegally and the Government needs to act to stop Britain's pig farmers being undercut and to prevent illegal meat entering the UK, Conservative MP Richard Bacon has warned.

 

ALL THE UK's major supermarkets have said they can positively trace imported pork back to farms which have individually complied with new animal welfare regulations, even if the actual country of origin has not.

 

 

Bacon issues stark warning over 'cheap EU pork'

Europe is "awash" with cheap pork produced illegally and the Government needs to act to stop Britain's pig farmers being undercut and to prevent illegal meat entering the UK, Conservative MP Richard Bacon has warned.

 

ITV News

30 Jan 2013

 

The Tory MP for South Norfolk, told the Commons that non-compliance among some EU member states with a pig welfare directive was forcing down the price of pork and other pig products on the continent, adding pressure to Britain's already hard-pressed pig farmers.

 

He said: "In short, Europe is awash with cheap pork produced illegally, forcing down the price of pork and other pig products and adding more pressure to Britain's already hard-pressed pig farmers who are complying with the law, unlike many of their big competitors."

 

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Retailers defend imports

ALL THE UK's major supermarkets have said they can positively trace imported pork back to farms which have individually complied with new animal welfare regulations, even if the actual country of origin has not.

 

The Scottish Farmer (Scotland)

31 January 2013

 

Last week, NFU Scotland presented supermarket managers at Tesco, Morrisons, Asda and Sainsbury's with the labels from imported pork products purchased in their stores and asked if an audit trail back to the farm of production was available.

 

This week, the supermarkets responded with a fairly emphatic 'yes'.

 

NFUS food chain relationships manager, Wendy Fleming said: "We are very encouraged by the level of engagement that we have had from Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsbury's and Asda in taking up our challenge.

 

"That information gathering exercise isn't complete yet, but all retailers have shown a willingness to take part.

 

"First to respond was Tesco which provided a thorough and robust paper trail that, using the labels, tracked the individual packs of Danish and Dutch pork bought in its Huntly store in Aberdeenshire all the way back to individual farms in those countries.

"The information covered distribution, abattoir reports and copies of certification that the pig farmers who provided the pigs were meeting UK welfare standards."

 

These results set the Scottish industry some new tasks, conceded Ms Fleming: "We must look at import substitution and encourage those same retailers we have been working with to stock more Scottish or UK pork on their shelves.

 

"At the same time, we need to drive demand. Consumers want fresh, tasty, local produce on the shelves and Scottish pig producers can deliver on that."

 

New data has shown that 17 of the 27 EU member states have still not fully complied with the new pig housing regulations, a full month after the January 1 deadline.

 

The European Commission, which has now sent a reminder to these non-compliant states, said: "The intention is to remind them to take their responsibil ities to ensure full compliance with the Directive."

 

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