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UK: PM Cameron supports pork campaign

David Cameron, UK’s Prime Minister, have expressed support for the Save Our Bacon Campaign.

"British pig farms can be rightfully proud of the high quality and high welfare pork and pork products they produce" said Home Secretary Theresa May who is also backing the campaign. "Ministers welcome the chance to encourage people to support these standards and buy pig products endorsed with the Red Tractor logo."

The Home Secretary further added that whilst Government cannot set the prices that farmers receive, ‘we welcome the Save Our Bacon campaign".

It has been reported that feed accounts for 65% of the cost of raising a bacon pig, this has relayed Britain’s pig producers into making a loss.

"Pig farmers don’t have the benefit of European subsidies," said pig producer Richard Longthorp, chairman of National Pig Association which is running the Save Our Bacon campaign. "So we can only survive these exceptional costs if the large supermarkets choose to pay us a fair price as a matter of urgency - and for that to happen we need shoppers to make a special effort to demonstrate their support for high welfare British bacon, sausages and pork."

David Cameron stated that, "I am keenly aware of the problems currently affecting pig producers largely because of the increase in grain prices over the last few months."

"I welcome the chance to encourage people to support and buy the high quality and high welfare British pork products, which are endorsed with the Red Tractor logo.’

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