NFU PRESIDENT Tim Bennett has expressed his anger at comments reportedly made by the French president on the quality of British food.
Mr Chirac is claimed to have suggested that after Finland, Britain is the country with the worst food.
He is also understood to have said: “The only thing they have ever done for European agriculture is mad cow disease.”
“Such is the depth of ignorance displayed by these remarks, I can only hope this is another example of misreporting,” said Mr Bennett.
“They are highly offensive to English and Welsh farmers who deliver produce which is safe and of high quality and value.”
Mr Bennett said UK requirements meant the safety of British beef was second to none.
The Red Tractor farm assurance scheme, Europe’s most comprehensive independent scheme covering food from farm to pack, also meant British produce has to meet specific demands.