December 17, 2008

UK government extends support to swine industry over Irish pork scandal


British farm minister Jane Kennedy assures local pig producers that they will get support from the government regarding pork regulations following the Irish pork dioxin contamination and unstable global meat prices.


Kennedy gave a shot of confidence to UK pork industry, stating she was "proud of the quality assurance standards that run throughout the whole supply chain and the country can have confidence that pork and other pork products produced and processed by British farmers in the UK are safe to eat".


She urged the industry to band together to revive confidence in the UK pig industry.


UK’s Food Standards Agency warned consumers on Sunday (Dec 7), not to eat pork from Ireland or Northern Ireland after Dublin ordered a recall of pork due to contamination with potentially cancer-causing dioxins. UK is a major importer of Irish pork.

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