Just when ‘Horsegate’ has died down –British retailers face more problems in the frozen meat aisles, with imported sausage meat now blamed for a hepatitis surge. However, this has meant shoppers spending more time when buying frozen meat, whilst they read through labels carefully.
The British public seems to have lost interest in horse meat that might find its way into UK food chains. But the scandal and fall-out has left them jittery, and customers are now more vigilant when shopping, checking food labels carefully. Latest alert to surface is from Public Health England, whose researchers have claimed that imported pig meat could be at fault, with a rise in causes of Hepatitis E liver disease.
However, all this is good news for domestic producers, who see sales of British-reared pigs, beef, lamb and game rising steadily. The green eco-warriors are always there, with concerns about food miles, now joined by customers worried about provenance and traceability. Fueling this anxiety, British farmers, finally flexing their muscles in a similar way to the French, are making a push to ensure the consumer ‘buys British’.
Adding to supermarkets’ problems have been massive hold-ups at the major European entry points from Europe. At Calais – Dover docks and Eurotunnel, lorries are facing delays of several hours, if not days; parked up whilst the authorities deal with the overwhelming migrant crisis.
So far meat stocks seem to be holding out, but huge price increases in stores can’t be ...