By FWi staff

THE National Farmers Union has accused supermarkets of ripping off shoppers by overcharging for meat.

NFU research shows that Tesco, Sainsbury, Safeway and Asda are charging more for pork and lamb than they did two years ago – despite a collapse in livestock prices.

The NFU claims that pig prices have fallen by 29% since March 1996. But during the same period, supermarkets have put up their pork prices by 7%.

Lamb prices have fallen by 12% over the same period, the NFU says. But shoppers are being charged 11% more than they were two years ago.

Finished beef prices have fallen by a third since the Government announced a link between BSE in cattle and CJD in humans. But supermarkets have reduced their prices by only 5%, the NFU claims.