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Buy British, say bishops after meat scandal

22 February 2013

PA

Spelling it out: John Roberts, a butcher in Prestatyn, North Wales, gives a message to prospective custmers

Spelling it out: John Roberts, a butcher in Prestatyn, North Wales, gives a message to prospective custmers

BISHOPS are urging people to buy British produce in the wake of the public outcry about the discovery of horsemeat in products labelled as beef.

On Tuesday, the Bishop of Hereford, the Rt Revd Anthony Priddis, who is backing the Buy British campaign by the National Farmers' Union, said: "British farmers produce great British food. Everyone knows where it comes from, thanks to logos such as the farm assurance red tractor."

The recently uncovered "breach of trust by suppliers" warranted a "serious consideration of the ethics behind the drive to produce ever cheaper food. I hope that all involved in the food-supply chain will take a long hard look at their actions, procurement processes, and decision-making."

Last Friday, the Bishop of Swansea & Brecon, the Rt Revd John Davies, said that Welsh farmers "enjoy high levels of confidence and support" from their communities, and that people could support them by seeking out retailers with "local knowledge and traceability".

The food industry and the Government are currently conducting nationwide testing to establish the point of contamination in meat products. The results are due to be reported to the Food Standards Agency today.

Paul Vallely

Question of the Week: Would you knowingly eat horsemeat?

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