Horsemeat row tops NFU agenda

More than 1000 farmers are at the NFU conference in Birmingham to discuss matters ranging from the horsemeat scandal, the crop crisis and the row over milk prices.

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Pork found in some beef samples tested by Leicestershire County Council

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Pork has been found in some beef samples tested by Leicestershire County Council
Pork has been found in some beef samples tested by Leicestershire County Council Credit: PA

Leicestershire Trading Standards officials say they may be taking enforcement action against the suppliers of beef products that contain pork.

Leicestershire is one of 28 local authorities asked by the Food Standards Agency to make random tests on beef products in supermarkets and takeaway outlets.

Of the eight venues they visited two of the beef samples were found to contain pork.

Suleman Nagdi from the Federation of Muslim Organisations says their religion does not allow them to eat pork at all and he's calling on the government to take urgent action against the suppliers of mislabelled or contaminated meat.

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1,000 farmers attend NFU conference in Birmingham

1,000 farmers have gathered at the NFU conference in Birmingham to discuss what has been described as "a diabolical year".

Farmers across the region have been facing a whole number of problems - drought, floods, tuberculosis, HS2 running through their farms and the horse meat scandal.

They've heard how more food will have to be produced in England instead of being imported from other countries, because our population could increase by the equivalent size of "four Birmingham's" in the next eight years.

Farmers from across the Midlands have been talking to ITV News Central.

Environment Secretary tells conference badger cull will help

Owen Paterson MP at NFU conference
Owen Paterson MP at NFU conference Credit: ITV News Central

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson today told farmers a badger cull would help prevent the spread of bovine TB:

"Bovine TB is spreading at an alarming rate and causing real devastation to our beef and dairy industry.

"The authorisation letters issued today confirming culling can proceed this summer in West Gloucestershire and West Somerset is an important step towards taking the action we need to tackle the spread of this disease in wildlife."

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NFU president: 'a diabolical year for farming'

NFU president address the NFU conference in Birmingham
NFU president address the NFU conference in Birmingham Credit: ITV News Central

Peter Kendall, the NFU president is addressing farmers from across the UK at the anual National Farmers Union conference at Birmingham's ICC this morning. He says it has been a 'diabolical year' for farming.

Mr Kendall says Britain needs greater self sufficiency in food production and that England's population will have to grow by more than four million people within eight years. He said:

"That's more than four Birmingham's worth of extra mouths to feed."

Farmers have come to Birmingham for the conference to discuss issue that have affected them in the past year.

The recent horsemeat scandal is high on the agenda as well as prices of animal feed and the recent bad weather affecting crop.

NFU president Peter Kendall
NFU president Peter Kendall Credit: ITV News Central
West Midlands farmers at the NFU conference in Birmingham
West Midlands farmers at the NFU conference in Birmingham Credit: ITV News Central
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NFU: Consumers want more British meat

More than three-quarters of consumers wants supermarkets to stock more food from British farms, according to a National Farmers' Union survey:

  • 78% said supermarkets should sell more food from British farms
  • 43% said they were more likely to buy traceable food from farms in Britain following the horsemeat scandal

A thousand people were polled by the union.

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NFU boss: Farmers 'furious' about horsemeat scandal

The head of the NFU has called for better labelling of British meat Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The head of the National Farmers' Union (NFU) has said farmers are "furious" about the horsemeat scandal.

Peter Kendall said that shorter supply chains and better labelling of British meat would help prevent a repeat.

He added: "Our research also demonstrates the strong demand for British-farmed products, and so retailers, processors and food service companies have a responsibility to ensure there is clear country of origin labelling on the products that consumers purchase."

Tesco boss Phillip Clarke, who today unveiled measures to guard against future scandals, is due to speak at the NFU annual conference today.

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