11/12/2008 Irish Pig Meats Scandals


IFA President John Bryan said further findings from the DNA-testing Programme on pigmeat carried out by the IFA show that consumers continue to be misled and there is a very disappointing level of support for Irish pig producers. From almost 300 samples that have been collated and sent to IdentiGen for cross-checking with the Irish boar DNA database, 52% of products are not Irish.

Brands such as J. Crowe & Sons, Thurles Bacon, Glensallagh (Lidl), Bradleys and Templetuohy Farm Fresh Foods are confusing consumers by using labels that suggest they are using Irish pigmeat when our results show non-Irish product has been used in some cases. In one case – Thurles Bacon – a product didn’t display a plant number, which is illegal.


DNA Results Confirm Half Of Pigmeat Tested Is Not Irish (Irish Farmers Association)

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