Imported Lamb dominates supermarkets

A study by NFU Scotland has found a higher level of imported lamb in Scottish supermarkets compered to British or Scottish lamb.

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Farmers angry over meat from abroad

Farmers in the region have reacted angrily to a survey showing that lamb from from New Zealand and Australia still dominates supermarket shelves, rather than local meat.

Scotland conducted the survey in the Borders. It showed that a number of supermarkets are still selling large quantities of lamb from overseas.

ASDA responds to NFU lamb survey

The supermarket ASDA has responded to the NFU Scotland claim that the levels of British lamb in some Scottish supermarkets is lower than that of imported lamb.

In a statement they say:

"Clearly someone's numbers don't add up here. As it stands more than 80 per cent of our fresh lamb range is sourced from British farmers and we will sell 10% more British sourced lamb this year than in 2011.

"As we move further into the British lamb season that figure will only increase. "Our support of the lamb industry in this country is beyond doubt.”

– ASDA

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Farmer disappointed by supermarkets

Rob Livesey, livestock farmer Credit: ITV Border

Rob Livesey is a livestock farmer near Lilliesleaf in the Scottish Borders, he told ITV Border:

"We are extremely disappointed that not all British supermarkets are supporting British products, especially at this time of year when lamb is coming into season.

"Consumers always want to buy a British product if they can because they know it supports the British economy, so it is disappointing that supermarkets are looking after shareholders rather than customers and suppliers."

'Worryingly' high level of imported lamb

Some supermarkets do stock British lamb Credit: ITV Border

A study by NFU Scotland has found what they call 'worryingly and disappointing level of imported lamb' in Scottish supermarkets.

They say in some supermarkets there is more imported lamb on the shelves than lamb from the UK, despite the lamb season throughout the UK being well underway.

In the report NFU Scotland acknowledges that some supermarkets only stock British or Scottish or a good mixture of both.

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