16 July 1999

McDonalds lamb thanks

FUW officials have written to the headquarters of burger chain McDonalds to thank them for indirectly promoting sales of Welsh lamb.

The union, which slammed the company when it refused to use British beef, congratulated it for its innovative marketing of Indian-style lamb burgers made with lamb sourced mainly from west of Offas Dyke. Now it hopes that the initiative will lead to the introduction of more conventional lamb burgers.

"The Welsh sheep industry is under severe economic pressure and anything that can help ease the crisis, however small or large, is welcome," said Arwyn Owen, deputy director of policy, in his letter.

Welsh lamb had consistently been considered the best of its kind and globally renowned companies like McDonalds wanted to use only the best ingredients, he added. &#42