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    Don't Compromise On Gammon Quality At Xmas

FEARS are growing low welfare pig meat could be pouring into the country from abroad to meet the Christmas demand.

The festive season always sees a peak in the sales of gammon so the British Pig Executive (BPEX) and the National Pig Association (NPA) are launching a special 'GammonWatch'

The programme is an extension of the existing PorkWatch which regularly checks the quantity of British pork and bacon on supermarket shelves.

NPA Chairman Stewart Houston said: "We would ask all retailers to make sure their labelling conforms to Food Standards Agency (FSA) guidelines regarding country of origin.

"Many people buy gammon as a one-off at Christmas-time and they need to look carefully at labelling. They should look for the Quality Standard Mark to ensure the meat comes from high-welfare production systems.

"A report by BPEX showed two-thirds of the pig meat imported into the UK was produced under condition which would be illegal here. This is unfair to UK pig farmers.

"We will be conducting a special 'GammonWatch' throughout December to monitor product labelling and we shall publish the results in the New Year."


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