Farmers back campaign

30 March 2001

Farmers back campaign

SUPPORT for our Send Suspect Meat Packing campaign has flooded into the FW office from farmers throughout the country.

Warwickshire farmer and butcher Robert Leach questioned why import controls are not enforced more rigorously. Mr Leach was incensed to receive a letter last week from Stratford on Avon District Council which stated: "The sale or supply of 30-month-old beef is prohibited unless it has come from Argentina, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Mauritius, Namibia, New Zealand, Paraguay, Poland, South Africa, Swaziland, Uruguay, USA and Zimbabwe."

Outbreaks of foot-and-mouth have occurred this year in South Africa and Swaziland.

Tony Jarvis, Winderton Farm, Banbury, Oxon, wrote of "the governments breathtaking lack of care and comprehension of the inherent dangers," of illegal meat imports. David Fisher, Hall Farm, Southminister, Essex wrote that he was so shocked to read our report (News, Mar 23) that: "I am having a job to put my feelings into words."

If you would like to voice your concern about the dangerous trade in smuggled meat, send your comments to Letters to the Editor, Farmers Weekly, Quadrant House, Sutton, Surrey, SM2 5AS. Or you can fax us on 0208 652 4005 or email your comments to Lets join together to send suspect meat packing.

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