Tesco makes lamb pack pledge

Tesco is to stop selling lamb products in mixed origin packs following a meeting with the National Farmers’ Union (NFU). 

From February next year, the retailer will only stock packs of lamb that clearly state which country the product is from. Tesco had previously come under fire from farmers over the number of product facings they dedicated to produce from non-British countries.

The meeting involved the NFU, NFU Scotland, NFU Cymru, and Ulster Farmers’ Union, as well as the retailer and its processor representative, with the aim of highlighting the role Tesco has to play in supporting the British lamb sector.

A joint statement from the four farming unions said: “The meeting involved robust, but useful discussions where all parties agreed that there was a real benefit in continuing conversations to develop greater transparency in the lamb supply chain.

“At this meeting Tesco has confirmed that at the end of February 2016, it will not be selling lamb products in mixed origin packs. The unions welcome this move as it will allow customers to make an informed decision in the origin of the product that they are buying.”

A spokesperson for Tesco said: “We have a long history in supporting UK agriculture and continue to have an open conversation with the NFU and processors on the crucial roles we all have in supporting the lamb industry. We updated them on our plans, which included the single source labelling of products like mince.”

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