A Coleraine farmer calls for government to strengthen the hand of agencies who monitor the processing and retail food sector
Farmers For Action UK NI co-ordinator William Taylor stated in a press release today: “The current horsemeat scandal is all about greed and money to the detriment of UK beef and sheep farmers!
“Collectively farm organisations stopped non-parallel imports of Brazilian beef according to EU rules only for unscrupulous processors in the meat industry to source a substitute of cheap protein from horsemeat and unscrupulous retailers, such as Tesco, to sell it purely to inflate profits.
“The retailers involved cannot walk away from this as they are absolutely ruthless about traceability back to UK farmers, frequently using it as a weapon to hammer down farm gate prices, but obviously not caring about traceability at the retail end when it suits, eg Sainsbury’s recently dumping the use of the Red Tractor logo on labels at the retail end but insisting on it ex-farm.
“Farmers and farm organisations will have to take charge of their industry at this point and insist that if retailers are going to purchase UK red meat then they are going to display the UK’s recognised red meat quality assurance logo which accounts for full traceability in order to safeguard consumers, our customers, and give them a clear opportunity to be sure of what they are purchasing.
“Farmers For Action UK NI currently have a meeting booked with Livestock and Meat Commission NI to see, amongst other things, if the traceability symbol can be improved on from a consumers’ point of view.
“This current food scandal – like so many others – is neither the fault of UK family farmers or consumers, therefore government must immediately strengthen the hand of food standards and other related agencies with appropriate punishment, currently sadly lacking in the processing and retail food sector”.
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Posted on February 12, 2013, in Government and tagged Brazilian beef, Farmers For Action UK, Red meat quality assurance logo, Red Tractor logo, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, William Taylor. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.