IFA Pigs Committee Chairman Tim Cullinan has met representatives from Callan Bacon in Kilkenny over the company’s ongoing failure to increase the level of Irish pigmeat in their products and the labelling they are using.
The meeting followed a protest by pig farmers outside the plant in Kilkenny. Cullinan said, “Callan Bacon must increase the amount of Quality Assured pigmeat they are supplying to retailers. Pig producers are living on a knife-edge because of credit problems and then losing money as retailers refuse to dip into their own margins to pay a realistic price for pigs. Secondary processors like Callan Bacon cannot abandon local producers and replace them with imports that are of inferior quality.”©
The IFA Chairman also tackled the management of the company on the labelling used in supermarkets. “It is unacceptable that a logo such as a map of Ireland can be used to lure the consumer into thinking the product is Irish. Nothing less than the certified QA mark should be used to eliminate any confusion.”
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