26 October 1998
Finally, British squaddies will get British beef

By FWi staff

AFTER months of pressure, the British army has finally conceded that British beef is good enough for its soldiers.

Booker Food Services, which supplies the Ministry of Defence, has agreed to stop feeding British soldiers on foreign beef.

Instead, the army will be kept fighting fit on beef reared on British farms

Booker is expected to buy nearly 1000 tonnes of British primal cuts and more than 800 tonnes of British mince and diced beef during the next 12 months.

The move was hailed as fantastic news for British farmers by NFU president Ben Gill: “Finally British beef will be in full force on the menus of our British troops.

“Our servicemen and women will be able to benefit from top-quality British beef produced to the highest of standards.”

Mr Gill said his next move is to persuade Booker to buy British lamb. In the past year, all of the lamb fed to British soldiers has been foreign.