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bordbiaCatherine Fulvio and Francis Brennan

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Clodagh writes:

Hotelier and TV personality Francis Brennan and celebrated Chef Catherine Fulvio at the launch of Bord Bia’s ‘Pork Deliciously Versatile’ campaign, which runs until January 31. The campaign highlights the ease of preparation, taste and versatility of Bord Bia Quality Assured pork for everyday and weekend meals.
To celebrate, we have ONE copy (yes ONE) of Francis Brennan’s Guide to Life entitled “Its the Little Things” (RRP €14.99) and one copy of Catherine Fulvio’s “Bake Like an Italian” (RRP €22.99) to giveaway to ONE Broadsheet  reader. To enter simply complete this sentence:

‘The secret to perfect pork crackling is….’

Lines MUST close at 5.15pm

Both books are currently available in all good bookshops and from amazon, the book depository and Gill&Macmillan.ie For a vast selection of “traditional, contemporary and everyday pork recipes to suit all tastes”, check out Bord Bia’s recipes here.

No books, pork crackling/scratchings,etc. given for this post.


A survey has found that half the bacon and pork tested in butchers’ shops was imported. That is despite the fact most of the shops surveyed were signed up to a voluntary code committing them to sourcing their products locally. The Irish Farmers Association put 120 samples of back rashers, bacon joints, and pork chops from 11 butchers around the country through DNA testing to check origin.

Pat O’Flaherty, chairman of the IFA’s national pigs and pigmeat committee, said he was disappointed with the finding that 51% of the products were from abroad. “The level of imported product identified by the DNA testing is compounded by the fact that the country of origin was not displayed in any of the butchers’ stores audited,” said Mr O’Flaherty.

Meanwhile, to meet like-minded individuals for a rasher sanger day or night, there’s always Rindr..

Half of butchers’ pork and bacon was imported (Caroline O’Doherty, Irish Examiner)

File Pic: James Horan/Photocall Ireland

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)

Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland