NFU and QMS respond positively to Elliott review

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) and Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) have both responded positively to the Elliott review, which was published yesterday (12 December).

The report into the integrity and assurance of food supply networks suggested that the government and Food Standards Agency (FSA) play a major role in preventing future food crimes, in the wake of the horsemeat scandal.

QMS chairman Jim McLaren said: “Any sensible measures aimed at deterring unscrupulous operators whose illegal activities may threaten the integrity of the meat supply chain must be welcomed.
“In Scotland, our industry takes great pride in the Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI brands. These brands are trusted around the world and it is important that as an industry we remain on the front foot and vigilant for any sensible and workable opportunities to further strengthen the existing measures to protect them.

NFU Deputy President Meurig Raymond explained that the NFU is pleased the government is taking the issue seriously, to ensure consumer confidence is restored.

“This scandal has underlined the importance of a short, traceable supply chain. British farmers are rightly proud of their products and NFU research shows that British people would like to buy more food produced in this country.  

“It is right that action is being taken to ensure that meat labelled as British is British and has all the high standards associated with British farming. Although we approve of plans to set up a new system of authenticity, we await with interest on details as to how that will be implemented. We would not want added costs passed on to our farmers, who have not been implicated in any way during this scandal.”

NFU further urged consumers to look out for the Red Tractor logo to ensure traceability of their products.