Brexit news: New site urges public to show support for British pork | Politics | New
The site, created by the National Pig Association (NPA), explained the benefits of British pork, including its “unique diversity of production systems to meet all prices.” He also explained how British pork is responsibly sourced, environmentally friendly and produced to high welfare standards.
While highlighting how British pork is a “tasty, nutritious and healthy” option, the site urges people to show their support for the UK pork sector in a variety of ways.
These include looking for the Red Tractor and RSPCA Assured logos and the Union Flag on various meat products and packaging.
The organization wrote: “If there is no clear indication of where your pork is coming from, for example when you are at the local butchers or eating out or buying take out food, ask. where it comes from.”
The NPA also called on people to write to their local MPs urging them to support British pork.
Zoe Davies, Managing Director of the NPA, said: “As the website says, all consumers should be able to choose British pork if they want to.
“Buying from the UK doesn’t automatically mean it’s more expensive, and by supporting UK farmers you are making a better choice for the environment and for the welfare of the pigs.”
In February this year, the NPA warned that the current problems facing the industry could “quickly turn into a crisis.”
The pork sector has been hit by new Brexit controls and paper-based certification requirements at borders, leading to delays in exports.
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Over 70 percent of the staff at some of the UK’s processing plants are from Eastern European countries.
But tens of thousands of people have yet to apply to stay in the UK under the EU’s settlement program, which ends on June 30.
The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has warned that it has already seen a shortage of staff at processing plants.
They warned it was likely to escalate in the coming months, sparking fears the Christmas dinner was in jeopardy.
A spokesperson for the BMPA told Farmers Weekly: “We hear that some factories are struggling to maintain throughput.
“As Christmas works approach, it will only get worse.”
In January, meat exporters to the EU were hit by lengthy customs and health checks under tighter rules, with customers canceling orders and expensive meat destroyed before reaching the mainland because it was not fresher.
BMPA chief executive Nick Allen has warned that EU customers will abandon British companies and look elsewhere for meat imports if border issues are not resolved.
David Lindars of the BMPA has warned that more than 120 trucks carrying British meat are stranded in the port of Rotterdam in southern Holland, including one carrying pork.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has already been forced to bail out the UK fishing industry due to Brexit bureaucracy.