A Norfolk MP has called on the government to ban imports of pork from countries that do not comply with EU laws on pig farming.

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On January 1 new regulations came into force that ban the use of farming methods that see sows kept in individual metal stalls.

Yet while the UK is already fully compliant with the rules, the majority of EU nations are not.

Speaking in a House of Commons debate this evening South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon said it meant farms in those countries enjoyed a competitive advantage due to lower costs.

He said: “If illegal farms either complied with the law as they should, or stopped producing pork altogether, this would tighten the supply chain and lift pork prices, creating a brighter future for those who have made substantial investments in making sure the pork they produce is legal.”

He added: “We should refuse to allow meat that is produced illegally from entering the United Kingdom.”

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8 comments

  • No Norman, get your facts straight. You have been promised a vote on the EU, but you have to vote Conservative again at the next general election to get it. Back to my original comment - what evidence is there of direct imports from rogue states. You need to understand how the supermarkets source their porkies, and it's not from lots of little guys. Their EU-originated swine is entirely through one all-powerful multinational, and how does anyone in the UK hope to regulate how that business acquires carcases?

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • Bacon tries to stop Bacon! Just couldn't resist that. The MP in question is a Tory whose party under Cameron reneged on a promise of a referendum on the awful EU. The only way that such unequal trade can be stopped is to be out of the EU and make our own import rules. So Mr Richard Bacon MP stop complaining about a situation in which you are complicit in maintaining.

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    norman hall

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • It is a pity more shoppers do not buy only produce which clearly states 'produce of the UK' and has the red tractor logo. I noticed TescoN are selling pork from France - so much for supporting UK farmers - who they shaft on a regular basis.

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    Tractorboy

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • Tripe springs to mind, but other forms of offal are available. How will the great award winner identify the illegal from the legal, by a ball and chain around their little trotters, or should we ban all porkies from abroad for fear some might be non-compliant. This man just like his peer group must assume the UK public are total idiots. Foreign squeelers as found on supermarket shelves throughout the land are almost exclusively sourced from one massive multinational in the nordic region which monopolises piggy production from the UK, across the near continent, and into Poland and beyond. Surely such a clever clogs as the hon gent should know this.

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • facts are that we export some 90.000tns pig meat to Holland each year and we re-import 110.000tns.annum. As much as I agree with common standards of rearing, the UK has not got certain facilities and 'value adding' games, coupled with favourable customs will not see this daft transfer deleted. Richard Bacon will be silenced by his own party, despite having made a good point with his campaign. To desist from buying pork from certain producers is down to consumers, MP's cannot stop it, even if they wanted to.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • Quite right, use your local butcher, if you are sure they are legit. Supermarkets are there to be boycotted. As for the Red Tractor, a nice idea originally which has since been consumed in the morass of immoral big business marketing deceptions.

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • That is as maybe, but it should not stop farmers and growers and members of the public with a conscience from demanding that these unfair imports are banned. Where for instance is the RSPCA? So vociferous in the campaign for the ban on sow stalls, demands for bans on teeth and tail clipping, demands for free range pig keeping and silent on the matter of the competition browbeaten British farmers face from imports from unregulated countries.

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    Daisy Roots

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • Mr Hall I agree about the referendum .There was nothing to stop members of the EU individually banning the imports of UK beef when the BSE matter was being brought under control and from keeping those bans in place to protect their markets rather than for health reasons.One suspects there should be nothing to stop the UK banning any foodstuffs which do not meet UK laws. It is a lack of willingness from the current government to do something to help farmers who were kicked around under the last govenrment which needs addressing. Plus I note that my comment about the politically motivated and more dubious "welfare"activities of the RSPCA did not appear.

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    Daisy Roots

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

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