Revised code has good response from industry
FABPigs new code is receiving a positive response from the industry, but some commentators say unless retailers show a commitment to British farm assured pigmeat it could be a further burden on producers.
British Pig Association chairman, John Godfrey, says the code has the BPAs full support. "We believe the evolution of FABPigs will continue to help differentiate British pigmeat in the market."
At least two big retailers, Safeway and Sainsbury, involved in the consultation phase of developing the new code, have stated their support, although none have seen the FABPigs booklet, which is still in draft form.
But, Yorks-based pig vet Neville Kingston, speaking at the Pig and Poultry Fair on modern ways to control diseases in pigs, suggests that unless FABPigs increases sales of UK pigmeat producers would be better investing money in disease control than farm assurance.
"Improvements in disease control can net producers a saving of £5 a finished pig. Even if that means building a new house at £100 a pig place, it will easily pay for itself. The savings are there for every pig sold regardless of market price," he says. *