17 December 1998
English beef sold as Scottish

ENGLISH beef is being sold labelled with a Scottish guarantee of quality, according to a report in The Scotsman.

The paper says that up to a quarter of beef carrying the Scotch Quality Beef and Lamb Associations stamp of approval is from cattle raised south of the Border.

Scottish beef carries a retail premium of more than 20p/kg over its English equivalent.

Animals must spend only 90 days in Scotland to qualify for Scotch beef status.

Sheep only need to spend 60 days north of the Border before qualifying for the equivalent label for lamb.

English farms producing cattle for the Scotch beef market do not have to meet the same quality assurance standards as Scottish farms until next December.

  • The Scotsman 17/12/98 page 5