Shame On Supermarkets For Shunning Scottish Meat

26 January 2011
Alyn Smith MEP, member of the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee, has today expressed disappointment that major retailers are remaining complacent about stocking Scottish meat on their shelves.
Responding to an investigation by National Farmers Union Scotland (NFUS) that looked at the country of origin of meat on supermarket shelves, Smith said:

"This is a shocking find by NFUS. At a time when Scotland's producers are facing record input costs, we are seeing supermarkets stacking their shelves with meat from the Netherlands, Denmark, France and even further afield.

"The supermarkets are telling us that they don't need a code of conduct, and they don't need legislation, but nothing they are doing supports this point of view and instead they quietly reap the benefits of a price collapse on the continent. The one bright point is that, yet again, Morrisons leads the way in promoting homegrown produce and I commend them for it.

"Well done NFUS for exposing this and I urge all shoppers to pay attention to the origin of the products they put in their trolleys and help to support our farmers."