November 26, 2008

                            
Ireland needs more fresh pork, less processed pork
                    
 

Irish consumers should eat more fresh pork, as they are eating too much processed meat, according to a pork food chain review by Safefood, the food safety promotion board.

 

About 85 percent of people in Ireland consume pork products, with more than half of the pork being processed as bacon, sausages and ham, said Safefood chief executive Martin Higgins.

 

The review showed that consumers need to increase their consumption of lean fresh pork, as processed pork are nearly always high in salt and vary in their fat and meat content, said Higgins.

 

The review also highlights that Irish consumers have few concerns on the safety of pork and the industry enforcement controls that are in place.