13 October 2000
Farmer attacks Tesco over bacon

By FWi staff

A DEVON pig farmer is to continue with a campaign to highlight what he claims is predatory pricing of Danish bacon in Tesco stores.

Robert Persey complained on 24 September to the supermarket giant about its Danish bacon on sale in Honiton, Devon, which was labelled Meets British and Tesco welfare codes of practice.

He argued that because the Assured British Pigs standards prohibited castration – whereas it was standard practice in Denmark – the Danish bacon could not possibly meet British welfare codes.

But in his reply to Mr Persey, dated 29 September, Tesco category director Steve Murrells stated: On the welfare question, Tesco has committed to sourcing pigs to equivalent standards on Tesco brand products from whichever country.

It has been accepted that castration will continue in Denmark due to their large export market to Germany, where castration is a legal requirement.

Mr Murrells went on to say: In other welfare areas, and particularly in relation to stalls and tethers and meat and bonemeal, the Danish standards are equivalent.

“This does not mean all the standards are exactly the same, as legal requirements between EU states lead to subtle differences.

Mr Murrells letter added: The wording of our information did not say that it meets British welfare codes, only the equivalent.

However, the labels about which Mr Persey complained clearly stated: Meets with British and Tesco welfare codes of practice.