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.'