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FARMERS' ANGER AS COUNCILS SNUB BRITISH MEAT

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The National Farmers' Union and the British Pig Federation have united in condemning local authorities for not buyi...
The National Farmers' Union and the British Pig Federation have united in condemning local authorities for not buying British pork, according to The Yorkshire Post (7 Nov, p1).

Council officials were accused of hiding behind legislation which obliges councils to shop around for the cheapest deal under the government's compulsory competitive tendering rules.

David Humphreys, an independent food service consultant, said some councils appeared to be using the law as an excuse not to buy British. 'They are hiding behind words. If they think hard enough about it, there is a way. It's all about goodwill,' he said.

'The way authorities could bend the rule is by saying they want pork that is not from animals which were 'stall and tethered', and therefore, conforms to British standards of pig rearing.'

A spokeswoman for the NFU said the councils' stance was 'really shocking news'. 'Surely everyone realise the state our pig industry is in and we need every ounce of loyalty from the British consumer. We would hope that these people take stock, look at what they are doing and support their British pig farming community.'
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