Retailers Moving Away from Shorter Supply Chains19 August 2013
UK - Concerns have been raised that the British food sector could be heading for the next food scare as retailers move away from the shorter supply chains they promised following the scandal of horse meat contamination of beef products.
The British National Pig Association has noted a number of pork, bacon and gammon lines being switched back to imported product, because it is marginally cheaper.
It is not naming the retailers concerned until it has had meetings with them to find out their reasons for retreating from their post-Horsegate promises to introduce short supply chains.
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.”
Britain imports around 60 per cent of its pork and pork products and NPA believes this could be reduced if all retailers were genuinely committed to building shorter supply chain agreements with British producers.
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