Takeaway revelations a “slap in the face” for farmers

The National Sheep Association (NSA) has expressed its disappointment in the takeaway sector after revelations of food fraud.

Just over a year after the horsemeat affair, the consumer magazine Which? revealed today, as part of their Stop Food Fraud campaign, that 40% of the lamb meat in takeaway kebabs and curries tested were contaminated with other meats.

NSA chief executive Phil Stocker said: “We are really disappointed that this is still going on and lessons haven’t been learnt from the horsemeat scandal. Transparency and honest labelling that people can trust is absolutely essential and the NSA is pleased the Food Standards Agency and local authorities will be taking additional action to stamp out malpractice.
“Sheep farmers work exceptionally hard to do the job right and turn out a high-quality and traceable product; they are subject to strict animal identification laws and onerous inspection regimes, and many voluntarily participate in additional assurance schemes too. This news is a slap in the face to a sheep sector that puts in so much effort. We have been let down by individuals further up the food chain who are not showing respect for the honesty, traceability and high value of the work sheep farmers do.”

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