11 September 1998

Supermarket sponsor least supportive

THIS years Labour party conference is being sponsored by a supermarket which proved to be one of the least supportive to the British pig industry in recent polls.

Admission passes worn by delegates during the conference in Blackpool later this month will carry the Somerfield logo, and a message from the retailer which boasts of a £1bn investment in its high street stores.

But, surveys by both the British Pig Association and Compassion in World Farming (News Sept 4), showed that Somerfield did not apply a stall-and-tether-free policy to its bought-in products. In addition, the BPA said Somerfield performed less well than most of its competitors on labelling and identification of pigmeat products.

Somerfields sister company Kwik Save was the only supermarket (out of 12 canvassed) which refused to take part in the surveys. &#42

Jonathan Riley