Carmichael backs calls for better country of origin labelling for Scottish beef

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has given his support to a letter by NFU Scotland to the UK Farming Minister George Eustice, asking for improved country of origin labelling on processed meat products. The letter aims to boost Scottish livestock farmers by expanding the country of origin labelling which already exists for products using fresh meat.

Mr. Carmichael said:

"This isn't so much a question of "where's the beef?" as "where's the beef from?". Beef farming is not just about mince or steak. Whether it is fresh or processed, customers should have the peace of mind that comes from knowing that they are getting high quality Scottish produce. Here in the Northern Isles we are already industry leaders in quality, animal welfare and environmental delivery. We should let the world know about it."

"I am pleased to back efforts to improve the recognition of Scottish beef. Scottish beef cattle prices are at a three year low right now and so it is essential to give our livestock farmers and crofters confidence."

He continued:

"The 31st of October Brexit deadline is approaching and the uncertainty affects us all. In the House of Commons I have consistently highlighted the importance of supporting farming, as an industry that is on the front line in the event of a No Deal Brexit. The Government must listen carefully to what our farmers are saying."

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