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Tesco and pork chop supplier enter discussions

Tesco and pork chop supplier enter discussions

FA Gill, the meat supplier at the centre of a row over Tesco pork chops being wrongly labelled as British, has said that it is in discussions with the supermarket over a potential resolution.

The company was suspected of supplying pork that was labelled with the red tractor logo, suggesting that it was British meat, yet isotope test revealed that the chances of it coming from pigs in the UK were less than one per cent.

A spokesman from the British Pig Executive (BPEX), said that the mislabelling was down to human error, but admitted that it was unclear at what point in the supply chain the mistake had taken place.

FA Gill, which provides meat for supplier Cranswick, was subsequently dropped by Tesco earlier this week, but has still insisted that its own independent isotope tests showed that the meat was in fact 100 per cent British.

Director Charles Gill told Food Manufacture that the firm was in discussions with the supermarket, as it searches for a resolution.

He said: “We are in positive and ongoing dialogue with the partners involved and are confident that matters will be resolved soon.

“We know that that this [isotope test] will re-assure our customers that not only is pork from farm assured pigs killed in Wolverhampton 100 per cent British. But it also demonstrates the integrity of the hard-working pig farmers and skilled butchers here in England."

At the time of the row first surfacing, Tesco admitted that it was "extremely disappointed" about the mistake and that it had contacted the supplier to say that the error was unacceptable.

A spokeswoman added: "When we specify that we want British pork, we expect to be supplied with British pork.”

Reports have suggested that the pork meat was likely to have originated from a farm in the Netherlands.

The sluaghterhouse had supplied Cranswick for over 20 years before the scandal first broke, damaging what FA Gill called an otherwise "unblemished record".

 

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