August 7, 2008


UK to run survey on state of pork industry


The UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has decided to run a survey into the state of the English pig industry.


DEFRA has developed four simple questions as part of its consultation that ends on 11 September.


The survey would include the British Pig Executive (BPEX) a pork marketing group, the National Pig Association, pig farmers and related industries.


The survey would seek to establish the problems the pork industry is facing and whether welfare standards imposed by the government is hampering the industry's ability to compete against foreign products.


It would also ask in what ways the government as well as pork buyers such as supermarkets and the hospitality industry could do to help British pork.


The formal report should be released towards the end of this year or the beginning of next year.

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