There was an article last Saturday in the UK’s Mail Online about how UK Supermarkets and food outlets have come together to create a voluntary code on the labeling of pork products in respect of country of origin. (Read it here)
Since Ireland’s Pork Fiasco in December 2008 there have been noises made about exactly where our Pork comes from. There are now Assurance Schemes which help to reassure us that those particular products are Irish, but there is nothing in place to show where pork products NOT bearing these schemes labels come from.
Are we to assume that all products NOT carrying these labels are therefore NOT Irish grown pork?
The pork that we cure and smoke is Irish; what’s more we can trace our pork back to the farm where it was grown, back to Martin O’Donovan in Timoleague for instance, which is much more than most suppliers of bacon or pork can do.
But we aren’t part of Bord Bia’s Quality Assurance Scheme, so don’t assume that if it doesn’t have the Q.A. stamp on it that it’s not Irish.
The need for clear Country of Origin labeling is obvious.
Yesterday, Ummera had a Twitter conversation/debate with Bord Bia over the question of traceability.
Thought you might be interested in it:
All we really want to know is where our food comes from: what country, and if Irish what farmer and where?