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MPs back pig farmers claims

02 February 1999
MPs back pig farmers’ claims

THE House of Commons select committee has backed pig farmers claims that British producers are unfairly disadvantaged by higher costs and more stringent animal welfare laws …more…
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MPs back pig farmers claims

02 February 1999
MPs back pig farmers’ claims

By FWi staff

THE House of Commons select committee has backed pig farmers claims that British producers are unfairly disadvantaged by higher costs and more stringent animal welfare laws.

The conclusion of the cross-party committee of MPs criticises the government, supermarket chains and the Meat and Livestock Commission for failing to back the British pig industry.

The findings of the report slam the government for unilaterally introducing stringent animal welfare standards years ahead of similar legislation across the rest of Europe.

“The current disparity in legislation on stalls and tethers between the UK and the EU is acceptable only if the UK is leading the way to higher standards across the Union,” it says.

The report says that such standards should in the future be implemented across the whole of the European Union, rather than only in the United Kingdom.

And it says such measures must only be introduced in the UK if farmers are compensated for the increased costs involved.

The report also says the government should encourage caterers and food manufacturers to use more UK pigmeat.

It says that procurement contracts for government departments and local authorities should be amended so all pigmeat is sourced to UK welfare standards.

The report also condemns supermarkets which fail to operate a British-only policy for pork products.

It levels strong criticism at the Meat and Livestock Commission (MLC) which it says has done too little, too late to promote British pigmeat.

“It is clear that more effective marketing strategies must be developed to raise consumer awareness of the quality of pigmeat products now available to the UK consumer,” says the report.

On the subject of labelling, the report says: “We expect the MLC and the leading supermarket chains to take the lead on this issue and over the coming months to develop new and more effective means of product differentiation.”

But the report concludes: “Our view is that British pigmeat has animal welfare and traceability standards second to none. However, for many of the countrys ailing pig farmers, we regret that this action will come too late in the day to be of benefit.

The report considers the MLCs existing campaign budget of £2.5 million is inadequate for a promotion that should be laying foundations for years to come.

It recommends that the Commission should make more funds available to promote pigmeat, and says that the MLCs 1999 pigmeat campaign should be independently assessed for its quality and effectiveness.

But it rejects the strength of feeling behind demands for a single pigmeat promotion body.

“On balance, we agree with the National Farmers Union and, indeed, the Ministers implicit remarks that the MLC should retain its responsibilities for pigmeat promotion, at least in the short term,” the report says.

However, it warns: “The Commission will have much to do to restore its credibility with the UK pig industry.

The report recommends that an annual account should be kept of how the MLC spends its statutory levy from the pig industry, so what it achieves for the UK pig industry can be seen.

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MPs back pig farmers claims

01 February 1999
MPs back pig farmers’ claims

THE House of Commons select committee has backed pig farmers claims that British producers are unfairly disadvantaged by higher costs and more stringent animal welfare laws …more…
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Agrimonetary Euro rate = £0.6904
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Making Money out of Beef – MLC report
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MLC Interactive Beef Management programme
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MPs back pig farmers claims

01 February 1999
MPs back pig farmers’ claims

by FWi staff

THE House of Commons select committee has backed pig farmers claims that British producers are unfairly disadvantaged by higher costs and more stringent animal welfare laws.

The conclusion of the cross-party committee of MPs criticises the government, supermarket chains and the Meat and Livestock Commission for failing to back the British pig industry.

The findings of the report slams the government for unilaterally introducing stringent animal welfare standards years ahead of similar legislation across the rest of Europe.

“The current disparity in legislation on stalls and tethers between the UK and the EU is acceptable only if the UK is leading the way to higher standards across the Union,” it says.

The report says that such standards should in the future be implemented across the whole of the European Union, rather than only in the United Kingdom.

And it says such measures must only be introduced in the UK if farmers are compensated for the increased costs involved.

The report also says the government should encourage caterers and food manufacturers to use more UK pigmeat.

It says that procurement contracts for government departments and local authorities should be amended so all pigmeat is sourced to UK welfare standards.

The report also condemns supermarkets which fail to operate a British-only policy for pork products.

It levels strong criticism at the Meat and Livestock Commission (MLC) which it says has done too little, too late to promote British pigmeat.

“It is clear that more effective marketing strategies must be developed to raise consumer awareness of the quality of pigmeat products now available to the UK consumer,” says the report.

On the subject of labelling, the report says: “We expect the MLC and the leading supermarket chains to take the lead on this issue and over the coming months to develop new and more effective means of product differentiation.”

But the report concludes: “Our view is that British pigmeat has animal welfare and traceability standards second to none. However, for many of the countrys ailing pig farmers, we regret that this action will come too late in the day to be of benefit.

The report considers the MLCs existing campaign budget of £2.5 million is inadequate for a promotion that should be laying foundations for years to come.

It recommends that the Commission should make more funds available to promote pigmeat, and says that the MLCs 1999 pigmeat campaign should be independently assessed for its quality and effectiveness.

But it rejects the strength of feeling behind demands for a single pigmeat promotion body.

“On balance, we agree with the National Farmers Union and, indeed, the Ministers implicit remarks that the MLC should retain its responsibilities for pigmeat promotion, at least in the short term,” the report says.

However, it warns: “The Commission will have much to do to restore its credibility with the UK pig industry.

The report recommends that an annual account should be kept of how the MLC spends its statutory levy from the pig industry, so what it achieves for the UK pig industry can be seen.

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