UK retailers accused of backsliding after horsemeat scandal

By Ed Bedington

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NPA has accused retailers of turning back to imported pork
NPA has accused retailers of turning back to imported pork

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UK pig bosses claim retailers are already backing away from the promises of shorter supply chains made in the wake of the horsemeat scandal and are yet again turning to overseas imports on products like pork and bacon.

The National Pig Association (NPA) claims the “foundations for the next food scandal”​ are already being made with retailers switching back to imported pork products because they are ”marginally cheaper”.​ It is now seeking answers from the unnamed retailers as to why they are retreating from their post-horsegate promises.

“Since the heat has come off the horsemeat scandal we’ve started to see retailers sliding back from the strong British position they publicly adopted, and import more European product,”​ said NPA general manager Dr Zoe Davies.

“Consumers expect supermarkets to deliver on their post-horsegate commitments to shorten their supply chains by buying safe food produced in Britain. If they think they can return to their old habits as soon as our backs are turned, they had better think again, because we won’t let this matter drop and nor will our friends in the National Farmers’ Union.”

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