Irish meat products not affected by newspaper probe

IRISH products have escaped unscathed in a newspaper investigation of imported meat in Britain.

According to The Guardian, many bacon, pork and poultry products come from nations with lower animal welfare standards than Britain.

It claimed that more than half of the bacon sold in Britain comes from the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany and Italy where farmers can keep sows in smaller pens and for longer periods, and 43% of other pork products come from Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, where the same poorer conditions on pig farms are allowed.

One-quarter of poultry comes from seven European countries and Brazil, which allow higher stocking of chickens and do not force farmers to use more comfortable dry bedding. Three per cent of beef is imported from Brazil, where hot branding, castration and dehorning of cattle can be carried out without anaesthetic.

The investigation coincides with public concern raised by the premiere in Britain of the Oscar-nominated film documentary Food Inc, which claims to expose the abuses in America’s industrialised food industry.


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