The British pig industry has started checking that pork from illegal European Union farms is not entering the British food chain.
National Pig Association's "Exercise Compliance" follows the outstanding success of its website Wall of Fame, where the nation's top retailers and brands have pledged not to sell pork or pork products from continental farms that are flouting the European sow stalls ban.
Even though they were given ten years' notice, over 60% of European Union countries have failed to comply with Europe's sow stalls ban, which was introduced at the beginning of this year. NPA, working with the United Kingdom government, is determined to stop pork from lower-welfare farms being sold.
Exercise Compliance will involve selecting imported pork products at random and asking the British companies that sell them to trace them back to their farms of origin — to prove the farms in question really have implemented the stalls ban.
NPA shares with Environment secretary of state Owen Paterson the view that it is unacceptable that nine member countries have still not fully complied with the European stalls ban.
The European Commission has started infraction proceedings against nine countries – Denmark, Poland, Belgium, Greece, Ireland, Germany, France Cyprus and Portugal – but it is a long process which can take over a year.
Source: National Pig Association