Irish farmers address mislabelled red meat concerns

Members of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) met with environmental health officers (EHOs) and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to raise concerns about the mislabelling of red meat.

In April this year new European legislation on country-of-origin labelling for lamb was introduced meaning that all packaging of fresh lamb had to be labelled with the country where it was reared and slaughtered.

UFU members have already identified and reported a number of examples where lamb found in major retailers was labelled ‘Produced in the UK from New Zealand and Australia’.  

At the meeting this week, the UFU highlighted to the FSA and EHOs that this was seen as a “very serious issue” for farmers who already complied with the strict requirements.  

The UFU has urged the authorities to monitor this issue carefully and take firm action against those who break the law.  

At the meeting, the UFU also highlighted that some small retailers may be misusing the Farm Quality Assurance logo in their shop. It argued that they may have cheap imported meat on the shelves.  

The UFU has encouraged all its members to be vigilant and report cases to either the UFU or the local EHOs.

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