IFA survey highlights ‘no-origin’ meats on shelves

Anne Mitchell: Pay back-money now.
Anne Mitchell: Pay back-money now.

A GALWAY IFA ‘spot-check survey’ of supermarkets across different parts of the city and county earlier this month showed that many of them didn’t have Bord Bia quality assurance labels on their meat products.

The IFA survey – conducted across all the major supermarket outlets – showed many worrying instances of beef and lamb products with no indication as to their country of origin.

Galway IFA Chairperson, Anne Mitchell, said that the results of their survey were very disappointing given that most of the big supermarkets were razor keen to promote their meat products as being quality assured and of Irish origin.

“I suppose, I would have to say that we were quite taken aback at what we found in many of the supermarkets that we visited.

“We came across large quanitities of meat ‘ready for the oven’ that did not carry the Bord Bia quality assurance labels,” said Anne Mitchell.

Among some of the other ‘disturbing discoveries’ the IFA team found were:

■ Beef was on display with no label as to its country of origin.

■ A number of supermarkets had Northern Ireland beef and UK chicken on sale.

■ Chicken and pork was also found that had no country of origin of any description on it.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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