Ireland: Pig meat boycott
Yesterday Irish consumers were urged to boycott Galtee
pork and bacon products by former workers and pig suppliers who accused the
company of not clearly stating where it sources meat for its
50 former workers, pig suppliers and members of the local business
community in Mitchelstown, Co Cork, yesterday staged a protest outside the
Galtee Meats plant, which is due to close later this month with the loss of
around 50 jobs.
Galtee Meats, as well as Shaws and Roscrea Meats are
brands owned by Breeo Foods, a subsidiary of co-op giant Dairygold whose chief
executive, Jerry Henchy, was heavily criticised at the protest - due to
outsourcing the pork and bacon processing.
The Save Galtee Action Group
chairman, Cork East Fianna FÃ¡il TD Ned O'Keeffe, said the group believed the pig
meat used in Galtee, Shaws and Roscrea rashers and bacon comes from
"We believe this pig meat comes from abroad and we want the
label to identify the country of origin, the site of manufacture and the place
of packaging because Irish consumers don't know where the meat they are buying
is from," he said.
Tony Lewis, Action group secretary
said it would now seek discussions with main multiples such as Tesco and Dunnes
Stores so that there is more clarity in the labelling of Galtee, Shaws and
Roscrea pig meat products.
The group's claims was rejected by Breeo Foods, as they added an
annual independent audit shows that it continues to purchase the same
substantial quantity of Irish pig meat every year since it ceased pig
slaughtering in 2004.
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