New Pork Quality Mark
Who makes the best sausages? Tell us now by voting for Britain's Best Banger! and you could win the ultimate sausage lover's day trip! Vote now!The British pig industry is launching a new Quality Standard Mark to help consumers distinguish between British produce and imports.
The new mark will appear on packs from January 2005 and incorporates the Union Jack to identify clearly home produced pork, sausages, bacon and ham.
A study by the British Pig Executive (BPEX) has shown two thirds of imported pork, bacon and ham do not meet UK minimum standards and would be illegal to produce in this country. BPEX is keen to encourage retailers to stock more produce which meets UK standards.
Legislation banning the use of stalls and tethers in pig farming came into force in 1999. However, they are still used in many other EU countries which means supermarkets can source cheaper pork, sausages, bacon and ham produced by EU farmers with welfare practices that would not be acceptable in the UK.
British consumers back the Government's stand on welfare. In a survey 92% agreed that imported meat should be produced to UK minimum standards.
Despite this government and public concern, more than 50% of all pork bacon and ham on supermarket shelves is now imported, a figure which rose by 14% in 2003.
Somthing which else which is often overlooked is food miles and quality - most of the producers listed in this site use high welfare, local pork becuase they then know how it was reared.
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