There is concern in the rasher trade that the prices of product being sliced and labelled in the UK as welfare bacon ­ Continental shorthand for UK specification pigmeat ­ are at odds with market norms. The Provision Trade Federation quotes a 10p/lb premium for Dutch stall and tether free product and 12p/lb on Danish prices. "We're hearing prices of 11p a pound less than we can cure it for on the Continent," said one trader. Aggressive pricing by a UK operator could be construed as an attempt to buy business by foregoing price differentials. But even the suggestion of passing off would be a potentially damaging one. There are some substantial retail enquiries for gammons coming back to the trade too, since the UK market is increasingly short of legs. Danish prices are now showing the long awaited 10p/lb rises. British whole gammons have also firmed by 10p/lb, but the percentage gain is smaller, since British legs are nearly twice the price of the Danish counterparts. {{PROVISIONS }}

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